Betsy DeVos: Liberal 'wokeness' will always 'rename, rebrand, or repackage' 'insidious ideas' such as critical race theory to keep them alive

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Even if it’s rebranded, the idea of critical race theory will continue to pervade because of liberal “wokeness,” said a former Trump education chief.

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Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called critical race theory and the 1619 Project “insidious” ideas on Friday. DeVos also decried the “battle” parents nationwide face in attempting to involve themselves in their children’s curriculum.

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“Because wokeness is the left’s religion, ‘banning’ critical race theory or the 1619 Project won’t fix the problem,” DeVos wrote in an opinion article. “The liberal education establishment will simply rename, rebrand, or repackage these insidious ideas to get around so-called bans.”

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Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between white people and nonwhite people. Critics claim it relegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to that of victims.

Rhode Island mother Nicole Solas reportedly incurred a “$74,000 bill, threats of litigation from her school board, and a lawsuit from the nation’s largest teachers’ union to block her access to related records” while attempting to get curriculum information from her county’s school board before enrolling her child, DeVos wrote for Fox News.

Parents must have the right to hold schools “accountable” for what they teach, DeVos added.

“Instead, we must equip parents themselves with the tools to hold schools accountable for their programming decisions — to be able to see what is being taught and differentiate between activist and academically oriented schools before they have to make an enrollment decision,” she said.

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The effort for educational transparency must be aggressive, DeVos said, or else some educators will keep shifting the nomenclature of ideologies such as critical race theory.

“But that hasn’t stopped the education ‘blob’ from branding curricular transparency efforts as ‘Bullying & Censorship,’ ‘fascism,’ ‘teacher abuse,’ ‘intimidation and harassment … a conspiracy to prevent students from learning honest history,'” she said.

 

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