Madison— The radical ideology known as critical race theory (CRT) has infiltrated public schools and university campuses. Now, it’s making its way into technical college curriculum.
Case in point, Quincey Daniels, Jr., Gov. Tony Evers’ appointee to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. Daniels’ term runs through May 1, 2023, but his appointment must still be confirmed by the state Senate.
The assistant professor in Northcentral University’s School of Education has an impressive resume, including service for many years as an officer in the U.S. Army. Daniels, who says he earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration, notes his current research interests include Critical Race Theory. It’s also his area of expertise, according to his academic bio. He’s also an expert in “critical ethnography,” defined as “a qualitative approach to research that explicitly sets out to critique hegemony, oppression, and asymmetrical power relations in order to foster social change.”
Such “interests” have drawn the attention of some lawmakers and education and business advocates concerned about the campaign to indoctrinate tech college students in the race-driven ideology of CRT.
“While we’re trying to deal with it in K-12, it’s been in higher education for a long time,” said Mike Mikalsen, legislative aide to Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater,) who is co-chair of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges. “Now it’s spreading to not just kids going for an associate’s degree, we’re seeing faculty trying to push this curriculum in the trades and other training programs.”
While advocates defend critical race theory as a path to “equity and inclusion,” it Is divisive and controversial for a reason.
Cornell Law School Professor William Jacobson has described critical race theory as “a radical ideology that focuses on race as the key to understanding society, and objectifies people based on race.”
Jacobson has launched a website — Criticalrace.org — about CRT curriculum. More so, the site includes a state-by-state list of more than 200 colleges and universities promoting critical race theory. It may come as little surprise that the site includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University on the list of Badger State schools engaged in critical race theory. Madison Area Technical College also is on the tracker of CRT peddlers.
In total, at least seven Wisconsin institutions of higher education are openly promoting the curriculum that insists the United States of America is a land of white supremacists and is systemically racist. Not surprising. UW-Madison, after all, is where CRT was first applied in education policy research.
Daniels says CRT is part of his teaching at Northcentral, but he has not really addressed it as a relatively new member of the tech college board. He said in time, he and his fellow board members will get into the topic.
The educator, who has written books on teaching, says opportunities for some can be limited, “but if everyone has the opportunity to get a good education you have choices you can make.”
“That’s my bigger push,” said Daniels, who is black. “Growing up in the ‘60s I’ve seen a lot of change that has happened. Literally, education changed my life, along with the military.” But people have got to be willing to put in the work, he added.
Mikalsen said Daniels, at least according to his resume, doesn’t appear to be a “cut-from-the-cloth liberal” bent on indoctrinating trade students in left-wing ideology.
But it is clear, Mikalsen said, Wisconsin’s tech schools are heading in the CRT direction where teaching work skills now comes with a side of “what to think, what’s acceptable and what isn’t.”