September 25, 2020

Education Commission

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring “training that promotes race stereotyping, for example, by portraying certain races as oppressors by virtue of their birth.” White House

Last week, President Trump gave a speech decrying the teaching of “critical race theory” and the New York Times’ 1619 project, and announced the creation of “a national commission to promote patriotic education.” White House

Read our prior coverage of the 1619 project. The Flip Side

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From the Right

The right is generally supportive of the commission and skeptical of critical race theory.

From the Left

The left is critical of the commission and advocates for curricula that teach American history in all its complexity.

The left is critical of the commission and advocates for curricula that teach American history in all its complexity.

A libertarian's take

The federal government shouldn't dictate what local schools across the country teach—and in the past, conservatives have rightly denounced the idea that it should… Whoever is in charge, that's a recipe for a biased and propagandistic version of history. Can individual states, cities, or school districts do much better? Some will, some won't—but the beauty of a decentralized system is that 1) it's easier for parents and teachers to change the bad parts of a local curriculum than it is a national one, and 2) it leaves room for parents to pull their children out of schools that don't do well at this, or at something else, and enroll them a school that does better…

“The best antidote for politicized lessons and public-school propaganda is school choice. When parents can choose between a range of local education options—traditional public schools, traditional private schools, charter schools, online schools, small-group-based ‘education pods,’ homeschooling, etc.—we leave fewer kids trapped in schools whose values don't align with their families and communities—and less room for whoever is in the White House to try to set everyone's lessons from on high.”
Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason

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