Local control of education is the hallmark of this country. Yet serving on a school board today is entirely different from the past (“Class Warfare,” The New Yorker, Nov. 7). It is no longer a relatively sedate job.
What happened in Williamson County schools in suburban Nashville, Tenn. is an example. Members have found themselves the target of vitriol from Moms for Liberty, who charge that the Wit &Wisdom curriculum has harmed children. At the heart of the criticism is that it teaches critical race theory.
This fixation with race is not limited to Williamson County. It is a frequent issue elsewhere. I believe it is going to be the basis for privatizing education. I don’t understand how teachers can support such a one-sided approach to instruction when students graduate without mastering the basics.
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