Is There A Right Age To Learn Critical Race...

Is There A Right Age To Learn Critical Race Theory?


- Advertisment -spot_img

Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of colour against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement.

The topic has exploded in the public arena this spring—especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban its use in the classroom.

In truth, the divides are not nearly as neat as they may seem. The events of the last decade have increased public awareness about things like housing segregation, the impacts of criminal justice policy in the 1990s, and the legacy of enslavement on Black Americans. But there is much less consensus on what the government’s role should be in right these past wrongs. Add children and schooling into the mix and the debate becomes especially volatile.

A key debate in upcoming races has been how much of a voice parents should have in their child’s school curriculum when it comes to subjects like sex education and critical race theory — the co-hosts and Condoleezza Rice discuss.

Just What Is Critical Race Theory Anyway?

Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

The basic tenets of critical race theory, or CRT, emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late 1970s and early 1980s created by legal scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, among others.

A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to Black people in those areas.

We should teach Critical Race Theory in primary schools

In essence, Schools should introduce Critical Race Theory to kids as young as primary school. CRT is essentially a way to teach history. It is another method and portal to educate people on the issues of race in American society. Introducing that concept to young kids does not corrupt the mind but could educate and mould them into well-rounded adults that understand social construct and plights in the world. It is essential to understand issues that may not affect them directly but indirectly through friends, family members, co-workers, classmates, etc. If one takes away the concept of CRT in schools, kids will lack an understanding of race and topics such as sexism and LGBTQ+.

CRT has sparked debate nationwide.

Although it is understandable for some parents of K-6th grade children to be concerned with the maturity of the content educational institutions teach their children daily, minority children often have those conversations at a young age. Most black and brown American children do not get the luxury of not having a conversation about race; it is their everyday world. Additionally, there are different levels in how educators can teach a subject. It would be counterproductive for a teacher to teach a high school curriculum to a 2nd-grade class. Not everything has to be a negative agenda or displayed negatively. Various training could show teachers how to implement CRT in their lessons without introducing mature content some children may not fully understand at that age.

If boys and girls can learn about Christopher Columbus and The Trail of Tears, then boys and girls can know that racism existed/exist well beyond the Civil Rights Movement. It is not fair to children growing up in today’s society to not learn about events of the past that affect events of the present. Suppressing history to soothe over the underlining truth of America is sad. It does nothing for the children of future generations and the reoccurring issues in present-day America. To truly heal and to change the future, one must understand the past.

CheVaughn Starling
CheVaughn Starling
CheVaughn Starling is a politics contributor on scribe. Hailing all the way from the United States. Born in the Chicagoland area, Illinois (USA), and moved to Springfield, IL in 2011 to embark her new journey in life: college. She completed her undergrad and graduate degree at the University of Illinois Springfield in Political Science and Legal Studies with an emphasis on Public Policy. Her love for politics and history led her to aspire a career as a political analyst. Her specialty is in US politics and analyzing different policies from both sides of view. She hopes one day to complete her JD and PHD so she can help implement policy and change in the US.

Latest news

Amber Heard’s Verdict Does Not Set All Women Back

After six weeks of the high-profile defamation trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, a court has ruled in...

You’re Not Celebrating Pride; You’re Rainbow Washing

We are now halfway through 2022, and it is the time of year to celebrate pride.  It is a month...

How Many More Children Must Die Before Things Change In America

Countries around the world have traditions, both good and bad. In the United States, one of its traditions has...

Rishi Sunak: Tax On Energy Companies And £400 for Households To Tackle Cost Of Living Crisis

The Chancellor said the government would provide ‘significant support for the British people’ as he set out a £15bn...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

Read Sue Gray’s full report into Downing Street parties

Below is the full report into illegal gatherings at Downing Street during Covid lockdowns. Compiled by senior civil servant...

Jeremy Kyle: Trash TV With A Dark Twist

Channel 4 has released a damning documentary about the rise and fall of the controversial tabloid talk show 'The...

Must read

Amber Heard’s Verdict Does Not Set All Women Back

After six weeks of the high-profile defamation trial of...

You’re Not Celebrating Pride; You’re Rainbow Washing

We are now halfway through 2022, and it is...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

We need to cancel cancel culture w/ Nego True M.T. is joined by award-winning poet, rapper, author and...