MADISON — A member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation wants to know why the Biden Department of Education is making “racist pedagogy and anti-American revisionism” an educational priority at a time when many students have just passed through a lost year in education.
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Allouez) sent Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona a letter Monday urging the agency ensure federal funds do not support controversial curriculum such as critical race theory.
“By teaching our children to view everything through the prism of race, we not only fail our students, but also move further away from the dream of a colorblind society and towards a future in which race, not merit, determines the way society evaluates individuals,” Gallagher writes.
Many of the claims pushed by critical race theorists — that concepts such as objectivity, hard work, the nuclear family — are aspects of “Whiteness” sound a lot like the kind of extremist rhetoric “we would rightly reject from White Supremacists,” Gallagher added.
As Empower Wisconsin reported last week, the Department of Education recently released its proposed new rule giving priority to “grant projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives.” What does all that mean? It means DOE will give grants for American History and Civics Education programs that emphasize radical curricula under the auspices of “culturally responsive” teaching, a key product of critical race theory.
Stanley Kurtz writing in National Review, says federal educrats are pushing the “most radical forms of Critical Race Theory,” including the New York Times’ 1619 Project “and the so-called anti-racism of Ibram X. Kendi. (Kendi’s “anti-racism” — which advocates a massive and indefinite expansion of reverse discrimination — is more like neo-racism.)”
“The programs immediately targeted by Biden’s new priority criteria for American history and civics grants are small,” Kurtz wrote. “Once in place, however, those criteria will undoubtedly influence the much larger and vastly more dangerous ‘Civics Secures Democracy Act.’ That bill would appropriate $1 billion a year, for six years, for history and civic education.
As Gallagher notes in his letter to Cardona, “educational” materials like The 1619 Project should raise red flags.
“The 1619 Project is heavily disputed by scholars, including a fact checker who contended that her input was totally ignored,” the congressman wrote. “Its curricular materials encourage students to selectively erase portions of seminal founding documents to make them fit a partisan narrative. Its architect, Nikole Hannah-Jones, has declared that her deepest goal is to ‘get White Americans to stop being White.’”
Gallagher asks the Education secretary whether CRT-influenced history should be taught uncritically?
“I urge you to reconsider the proposed grant criteria and ensure that federal funds do not support critical race theory or associated teaching methodologies,” he wrote.
Read the full letter here.