(CNS News) -- During their Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly on June 30-July3, America’s largest teacher’s union, the National Education Association (NEA), adopted an action to “fight back” against those who oppose teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools.
The action lists several items the NEA will complete to prevent the banning of and further implement CRT and the 1619 Project.
The NEA will promote information regarding CRT and establish a team to educate members in the ideologies of the theory.
The NEA also aims to provide an in-depth study that condemns such things as “white supremacy,” “racism,” Heteropatriarchy (the socio-political system in which heterosexual males are the dominant figures), “capitalism,” “anthropocentrism” (the view that humans are the only being capable of moral contemplation), “and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society,” the teacher’s union said.
In partnership with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project, the NEA will call for a rally on October 14 – George Floyd’s birthday – as a “national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”
This campaign will be publicized through the NEA’s existing media platforms, and the union’s president, Becky Pringle, is committed to promoting these efforts “across all lines of media that support racial honesty in education, including but not limited to critical race theory,” said the NEA.
CRT claims that racism is not just about the individual, but rather it structurally exists in society. America, Critical Race Theorists say, is a structurally racist country whose social and legal institutions are “inherently racist.”
The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” reenforcing CRT. Numerous historians have criticized the project and exposed its factual errors.
The NEA stated the “rationale” for these actions: “USA's economy/social order is built on interactions between different cultures/races. To deny opportunities to teach truth about Black, Brown, and other marginalized races minimalizes the necessity for students to build efficacy. The ancient African proverb says, ‘Know Thyself.’”
The 3 million members of the NEA claim the union’s mission is “championing justice and excellence in public education.”
Across America, parents, teachers, and members of Congress have spoken out against the teaching of CRT in the public schools.