Idaho Resolution Criticizes Critical Race Theory, ‘1619 Project’ as ‘Dividing Content’

A resolution that encourages Idaho schools to teach history “clearly and fully” and calls critical race theory and “The 1619 Project” is heading for a vote in the Senate.

The resolution — introduced by Sen. Carl Crabtree, a Republican from Grangeville — says “divisive content” is appearing in curricula across the country. He claims that the theories taught under Critical Race Theory and Project 1619, a New York Times article on the impact of slavery, “attempt to re-educate children in the belief that they must have shame or be limited by their race and ethnicity.”

The resolution also urges schools to teach children “not only misdemeanors, but also triumphs.” If passed by both houses, the legislation would act as a declaration and would not change state law.

“It is imperative that children be made aware of mistakes as well as unprecedented achievements towards freedom and equity for all,” the resolution reads.

Critical Race Theory, according to the American Bar Association, “recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. It recognizes that “the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of ‘second-class citizenship to black Americans and other people of color continues to permeate the social fabric of this nation’.

The New York Times said “The 1619 Project” aims to reframe the history of the United States by emphasizing the contributions of black Americans and the consequences of slavery. He has faced backlash since former President Donald Trump attacked the project in 2020 and said he is “rewriting American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression. , not on freedom”.

During a Senate committee meeting, Senator Janie Ward-Engelking, a Democrat from Boise and a retired teacher, raised concerns about parts of the resolution that mention divisive teachings.

“Some of these things really concern me. We don’t see that here in Idaho,” Ward-Engelking said. class and also in our universities. I guess I wonder why we need this resolution.

She added that teachers know how important it is to explain all aspects of an argument and to teach impartially.

Crabtree said there were many who felt that “dividing” issues were taught and that there was a “difference of opinion” about where they occurred.

“I think the idea is to draw attention to it, rather than criticize anyone or ostracize anyone as a result,” he said.

Bars teaching racing are ‘responsible’ for past actions

The resolution comes a year after the legislature passed a bill sparked by conversations about critical race theory in schools.

This bill, signed into law last year, prohibits schools and universities from requiring students to “affirm, adopt or subscribe to the idea that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color or national origin is ” inherently superior or inferior” or that people of a certain race or identity are “intrinsically responsible for actions committed in the past”.

Over the summer, Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin created a task force to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of indoctrination in Idaho schools. The committee was made up mostly of people who agreed with the claims and included few current educators. At the committee’s fourth and final meeting, it heard from the public and issued a vague set of recommendations.

K-12 educators told the Idaho Statesman last year that critical race theory is not being taught in classrooms.

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