Media, Critical Race Theory and a Serious Disconnect

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) and education in the United States as a whole is shaping up to be a huge campaign issue for 2022 and 2024. And that’s terrible news for Democrats. Recent polls confirm this prospect.

Exhibit A: A recent CAPS / Harris poll from Harvard found that 61% of registered voters said children shouldn’t learn that America is “structurally racist.”

Exhibit B: A YouGov-Economist poll shows that nearly 6 in 10 US voters hold critical race theory unfavorably.

But wait a minute: Many mainstream media, as well as representatives of teachers‘ unions, have said that CRT is not taught in American schools; that this is a similar myth to current Republicans-want-to-fund-the kind of detective myth. Here’s Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, July 6:

Fast forward to a few days later, and now Weingarten is telling us not only that CRT is taught in schools, but that millions of dollars have been lined up to wage inevitable legal battles to ensure it rest :

So as we focus on CRT in our schools and teach kids as young as five to see others through a racial lens, to judge others by the color of their skin rather than the color of their skin. content of their character (which would only serve to divide this country further for generations to come), we will continue to lag behind the rest of the world in key areas of reading, math and science, where United States ranks 25th.

The first in math, of course, is China. Ireland is 11th; Australia, 21st. And the United States – with more resources and technology invested in education than almost any other country – is in 25th place. But don’t blame the teachers, for the most part – blame the leaders of the teachers’ unions as well as the officials, including the president, who fail to stand up to them.

Know this: Parents don’t take it anymore. Look at school board recall efforts, for example; it is a huge indicator of how parents are responding to teaching CRT in their children’s schools.

Already, there have been over 50 school board recall efforts this year – and we’re barely halfway through 2021.

For comparison, 10 years ago there were 21 such recalls for the entire year. In 2019, there were 20. This year we’re poised to eclipse maybe five times that number, with CRT being the primary driver.

From a political standpoint, Democrats should be horrified. While education policy has been an afterthought at least in the last seven presidential elections, it will certainly be a priority issue for the foreseeable future.

Add to that growing inflation, a surge in violent crime, and a border that is anything but secure, and it’s hard to see what the Blue Team will see as positive for their campaigns in 2022 and possibly 2024.

Therefore, we are examining the overwhelming possibility that Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Photos of the Week: Therapy Dog, Surfside Memorial, and Chinese Dancers Jan 6 Insurgency Inquiry to Resurrect Democracy Hillicon Valley: Warren Calls on SEC to Take a Closer Look at Cryptocurrency Exchanges | Maryland Town Taken Offline in Massive Ransomware Attack | Huawei hires three new PLUS lobbying firms (D-Calif.) Will be retiring as Speaker of the House if of Congress. We are also considering returning the 50-50 Senate to the GOP, thus making President BidenJoe BidenEric Adams to meet with Biden on tackling gun violence: Reports Democrats have reached critical point in Biden spending to fight US troops in Syria under ‘indirect fire attack’ MORE or Vice President Harris (or whatever the next Democratic presidential candidate is) weak and helpless until 2024.

Critical Race Theory is coming to a school near you. The teachers’ unions insist on it. He also enjoys the full backing of the Biden administration.

The disconnect with parents is deeply astounding – and politically suicidal.

Joe Concha is a media and political columnist for The Hill.



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