Thanks to an article today in The New Yorker about how school board and superintendent candidates who railed against critical race theory and teachers’ unions “fared depressingly well” on Election Day, we’ve been treated to the take that the common thread binding all of the groups that backed these candidates is right-wing Christian Nationalism. That will surprise a lot of Jews, Muslims, and atheists who also oppose liberal indoctrination in public schools.

Christopher Rufo deserves all the credit for getting out the word about critical race theory and making liberals defend it, even though they claim it’s not taught in public schools. Well then, banning it shouldn’t cause a problem. Rufo notes that the Texas Board of Education has seen some changes.

Brian Lopez writes:

All 15 seats on the State Board of Education were open this election season because of redistricting that took place last year. The board is responsible for dictating what Texas’ 5.5 million students are required to learn in the state’s public schools. There will be 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats on the board starting in January.

Usually, voters pay little attention to races for the body that sets the state’s public school curriculum. But this year, how Texas schools operate has been a particularly hot topic. The pandemic’s impacts on school closings and mask mandates — as well as a new law restricting how students should learn about America’s history of racism — have made the state board races much more visible.

Earlier this year, two Republican incumbents on the state board lost their primaries to candidates promising to get critical race theory out of classrooms even though no Texas school teaches such a course. Jay Johnson lost his primary in District 15, in the Panhandle, and Sue Melton-Malone lost hers in District 14, covering parts of North Texas. Aaron Kinsey replaces Johnson, and Republican Evelyn Brooks replaces Melton-Malone.

OK, Lopez, that’s a lot of crap. It doesn’t affect how students should learn about America’s history of racism; they’re not going to ban the teaching of slavery or Jim Crow, as a lot of pro-CRT advocates claimed. Teach it as history, period. And no, “no Texas school teaches such a course” as Critical Race Theory 101. It’s not a class … it’s more and more become part of mandated training for teachers and staff, who then integrate its fundamental into their classes. Last year, the superintendent of Detroit public schools proudly announced that “our curriculum is deeply using critical race theory, especially in social studies, but you’ll find it in English language arts and the other disciplines. We were very intentional about … embedding critical race theory within our curriculum.”

Texas once again shows how it’s done:

That’s a good point: Future teachers become indoctrinated in college thanks to massive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion departments — Ohio State has an army of 132 people on its diversity, equity, and inclusion staff costing $13 million. The University of Michigan, for one, paid Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom session.


Editor’s Note: Republican voters deserve answers and accountability for the failed red wave.


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