Some Republicans associate indoctrination with promoting one of the 13 views outlined in the bill, while other party leaders, such as the state lieutenant governor, have a broader view of the government. term and believe the report unmistakably proves the systemic failures of the state’s public education system.
Democrats on Wednesday expressed concern that the measure could stifle free speech by making educators feel insecure when describing the history of racism and sexism in the United States and persistent inequalities.
“This bill encourages us to look away from our history,” said Representative Brandon Lofton, D-Mecklenburg.
The North Carolina proposal follows a national trend of Republican-controlled legislatures aimed at thwarting certain ideas they associate with “critical race theory,” a legal framework developed in the 1970s and 1980s that focuses on on the idea that racism is systemic in institutions and serves to maintain the dominance of whites in society.
Eight Republican governors have signed bills or budgets banning the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools or limiting how teachers can discuss racism and sexism in the classroom. Similar bills have been introduced or other action taken in 19 more states, according to an analysis by Education Week.
Republicans across the country use “critical race theory” and “indoctrination” as catch-all phrases to describe racial concepts they find objectionable, including white privilege, systemic inequality, and prejudice. inherent.