Parents know something is wrong. It’s why they are showing up in droves at school-board meetings across the nation. They are sending a message. They don’t want their children taught that the true founding of America came in 1619, or that America is a systemically racist place, or that most Americans are oppressors. They don’t want their children taught lies. And they are right.
Sometimes, these lies go by the name “critical race theory,” a pet project of the left that began, as many bad ideas do, in the academy and has spread in recent years across corporate America and into school curricula. Sometimes the lies are called “anti-racism.”
Whatever the label, the central principles are the same. These doctrines teach that American society is structurally oppressive, that our culture is shot through with racism and other forms of bigotry, and that most Americans are complicit in racial oppression, knowingly or not.
The radical claims of critical race theory have become an article of faith for many on the left, but they bear little resemblance to our actual history.
Let’s be clear. This isn’t a nation of oppressors. This is a nation of liberators. This is the country founded on the worth and dignity of every individual. This is the country that gave working people the right to vote. This is the country that freed the slaves. This is the nation that has brought more good to the planet than any other people in history.
And it is time we defend that being taught in school. Critical race theory in any guise is a toxin. It poisons the bloodstream of our national life and drives Americans further apart. Sometimes, it seems that this is just what its advocates want: division, anger, hatred. But that isn’t what America needs. America needs the truth, because it’s the truth about our history and our purpose that unites us as a nation.
That’s why I’m proposing a bill to require every school district in America that receives taxpayer money to teach our kids the founding documents and principles of this country.
It’s simple, really: Kids in first grade should learn the Pledge of Allegiance. Kids in fourth grade should read the Constitution and learn its Preamble. Kids in eighth grade should read the Declaration of Independence and learn that grand document’s opening words. And kids in high school should read and be able to identify the Bill of Rights.