Learning Critical Race Theory is a Constitutional Right

Abstract

In the current state of extreme polarization between the two dominant political parties of the United States-Republicans and Democrats-it has become difficult to find common ground. In the past, the controversy stemmed over teaching topics such as yoga and evolution in schools. Now, it centers on the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in K-12 classrooms. While some have argued that CRT is a biased attempt to rewrite history, others claim it is a concept taught uniquely to college-level students. Predominantly conservative political parties have passed legislation within certain states attempting to forbid its teaching, such as banning books containing certain content and/or rewriting the curriculum of history classes. However, these bills are often too vague to offer clear instruction on what is and isn’t permitted and have therefore compromised the livelihoods of countless educators while inhibiting the education of numerous students. Research has revealed that the unjust use of Critical Race Theory as a conservative political tool infringes on the constitutional rights of American citizens, especially students, by barring them from the honest teaching of America’s racial history and identity politics. 

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