Over 5,000 teachers have signed a pledge at the Zinn Education Project that states they vow to continue to teach controversial critical race theory (CRT) concepts to their students, even if outlawed in their state, amid growing backlash from parents against the teaching of CRT in their children’s schools.
The Zinn Education Project produces history lessons based on books by Marxist writer Howard Zinn, including “A People’s History of the United States.” The materials are offered free to K-12 teachers across the country.
CRT is rooted in the Marxist theory of class struggle, but with a particular focus on race. Proponents of CRT see racism in every aspect of the American public and private life and seek to dismantle American institutions—such as the Constitution and legal system—which they claim to be inherently and irredeemably racist.
While schools have for years been quietly infusing CRT into their curriculums, it wasn’t until last year, during lockdowns enacted in response to the CCP virus pandemic, that parents were able to see what their children were being taught. Since then, parents have been increasingly stepping forward to oppose CRT due to its racially divisive and anti-American concepts.
Loudoun County, Virginia, has since become “ground zero” in the fight against CRT-based indoctrination in schools nationwide, according to the co-founder of a parents’ group taking on the local education establishment.
CRT must be uprooted because it “seeks to view everything through the lens of race and believes all institutions, traditions, language, and history of this country are systemically racist,” Ian Prior, a parent who helped to found, and is executive director of, Fight for Schools, which is registered in Virginia as a political action committee, previously told The Epoch Times.
A number of states have banned, or introduced legislation to ban, the teaching of CRT in schools as parents across the country make their opposition to the ideology heard.
BY MASOOMA HAQ