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critical race theory



  • School Politics at the Center of DeSantis's Conservatism

    by Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

    Although contemporary conservatives tend to malign public schools and teachers, they are tapping into a long historical legacy in which widespread education was conditioned on the promise that schools would inculcate nationalism and the morality of conservative ruling elites. 



  • What Links COVID and Curriculum Conflicts in Schools?

    Education historians Jack Schneider and Natalia Mehlman Petrzela explain why there's a significant overlap between parents, especially conservatives, who objected to pandemic school closures and those who are demanding more control over curriculum decisions. 



  • Is Moms For Liberty Out to Protect Kids or Scare Parents?

    Williamson County in suburban Nashville shows how the astroturf Mom's group erupted on the scene to challenge a popular and well-regarded social studies curriculum for elementary schools on the grounds that its civil rights lessons were "divisive." 



  • Partisan Politics on a State Standards Revision

    by Stephen Jackson

    The South Dakota Department of Education discarded the recommendations of a work group of scholars, educators and elected officials in favor of a second group appointed by the governor, including political allies and an emeritus professor from Hillsdale College, seriously undermining rigor in the state social studies curriculum. 



  • Inside DeSantis's Efforts to Reshape Florida Universities

    Many conservative politicians have attacked universities to win votes. But close observers of higher ed in Florida say Governor Ron DeSantis is making real and consequential institutional changes that may establish more political control over colleges in the state. 


  • What's Driving the Latest Texas History Wars?

    by John Willingham

    An organized and well-funded alliance of charter schools and conservative activists is leveraging the Critical Race Theory controversy in Texas to pursue the real prize: school education funding. 



  • Book Bans Reflect Outdated Views on How Children Read

    by Trisha Tucker

    Research shows that children are not vessels into which books pour ideas, but co-creators of meaning as they read and process a book. Yet today's moral panic imagines books breaking down barriers between innocent childhood and a corrupt world. 



  • Parental Rights Crusades Often Conceal Other Motives

    by Edward Larson

    Public schools have always been about more than academics, so it's important to look carefully at the actions of any group claiming to represent the parents' role in education.