In recent months, a number of Republican-controlled states have moved to ban critical race theory – which holds that racism is structural and embedded in U.S. institutions–from being taught in classrooms.
Nicholas Ensley Mitchell, a professor of curriculum studies, predicts that such legislation will lead teachers to avoid topics that they fear could get them into trouble. Indeed there is evidence that this might already be happening with reports that some educators are calling it quits before the next school year rather than run the risk of teaching as they see fit and running afoul of the law.
Whatever one’s position is on these new laws, they are bound to affect local education in unprecedented ways—creating further uncertainty on the heels of a school year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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