More than half of the state legislatures have spent much of this year debating whether to enact bans on critical race theory in K-12 education. Civics experts are concerned that fight, over a curriculum primarily found in law schools, could prevent students from becoming engaged citizens.
In at least 26 states, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban critical race theory, which identifies racism as a systemic issue rather than a product of individual bias, or limit how teachers are allowed to discuss topics such as racism and sexism. So far, 11 states have enacted such bans. Still, some civics experts said the debate surrounding the term could limit culturally relevant lessons and prevent students from understanding multiple perspectives in civic education.
While your words may be used against you in the future, it's worth it if you can challenge others to engage in more honest and open discourse, writes Kevin Fraizer, a student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, who runs The Oregon Way, a nonpartisan blog.
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