The National Education Association, the largest teachers union, and the American Federation of Teachers announced their support for critical race theory, a move that I believe they will regret (“The Teachers Unions Go Woke,” The Wall Street Journal, July 8). As readers of this column know, I was a member of United Teachers of Los Angeles during the 28 years that I taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
But my support is waning because they have gone way too far. There is a big difference between presenting a balanced view of our nation’s past and seeing everything in terms of race. It’s the latter that I object to. Not only is it historically incorrect, as expert historians have pointed out, but it divides us at a time when unity is vital.
Surveys have shown that most people are sympathetic to teachers but opposed to teachers unions. Coming out for critical race theory in classrooms will further undermine support for their unions.
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