Equity & Diversity Spotlight

Spotlight on Critical Race Theory

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Critical race theory has exploded into the public sphere, helped no doubt by conservative lawmakers pushing for new laws in numerous states to restrict what schools teach about race and racism in America. But there’s widespread misunderstanding and misuse of the term, what it means, and how it intersects with teaching and learning in K-12.

In this Spotlight, learn what critical race theory is, what it isn’t, and how it’s a practice, not a curriculum.

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Articles in this Spotlight

Mary Hassdyk for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Explainer What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?
Here's what you need to understand about the academic concept—and how it's portrayed in political circles.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 18, 2021
10 min read
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Nip Rogers for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Opinion Critical Race Theory Isn't a Curriculum. It's a Practice
The furor over CRT removes a valuable tool from teachers' hands. And perhaps that’s the point.
Janel George, May 26, 2021
5 min read
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Equity & Diversity Critical Race Theory Puts Educators at Center of a Frustrating Cultural Fight Once Again
The battle over teaching students about racism shares traits with past conflicts over evolution and sex education—but key differences, too.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 26, 2021
11 min read
Mary Hassdyk for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Efforts to Root Out Racism in Schools Would Unravel Under 'Critical Race Theory' Bills
The bills proposed in more than 15 states would force districts to end initiatives that acknowledge individual and systemic acts of racism.
Eesha Pendharkar, May 26, 2021
9 min read
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States Four States Have Placed Legal Limits on How Teachers Can Discuss Race. More May Follow
It's the latest effort by Republican lawmakers in several states to rein in the approach to issues they consider divisive or inappropriate.
Sarah Schwartz, May 17, 2021
7 min read
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Equity & Diversity Group Seeks Federal Probes Into Schools That Pledge to Address Systemic Racism
Parents Defending Education, a group critical of anti-racism and "woke" education, says such district efforts may violate federal law.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 17, 2021
8 min read
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States 8 States Debate Bills to Restrict How Teachers Discuss Racism, Sexism
Proposed bills in several states aim to ban "divisive concepts."
Sarah Schwartz, April 15, 2021
8 min read
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