On paper, critical race theory seems worthy of inclusion in the K-12 curriculum (“No, Critical Race Theory Isn’t ‘Anti-American,’” Education Week, Oct. 7). After all, students today are far more sophisticated than in the past because they have access to images and content not readily available before.
But unless great care is given to the issue, most students are going to come away with a distorted view of the history of this country. I say that because I vividly remember how the Los Angeles Unified School District handled the controversy surrounding Rodney King and the riots that ensued. Instead of presenting a balanced picture of race relations, the workshop left the distinct impression that all people of color are victims.
Perhaps adults can put the matter in better perspective than students. I hope so because there is too much indoctrination taking place under the guise of education at a time when we need to come together as a nation, rather than see ourselves as victims.
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