Critical Race Theory in Education

Critical Race Theory isn’t taught in elementary and secondary schools. So what is?


Education Associations are where I go when I want to know more about what teachers do and why they teach what they teach:

  • National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association devoted to social studies education. It serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.
  • The National Education Association (NEA) is an organization with affiliates in every state and over 14,000 communities in the United States. They are devoted to advancing justice and excellence in public education.

  • NEA EdJustice engages and mobilizes activists in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice in public education. They advocate for students, schools, and communities.
  • American Federation of Teachers is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and represents a vast number of teachers across the United States.

  • American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a voice for advocating for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.

  • Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country.

  • Common Core are learning goals for what students should know and be able to do to at different grade levels.

Why Does the Anti-CRT Movement Want To Ban Books?

Sometimes opposition to diversity disguised as anti-CRT looks like banning books, resources, lessons or other activities.

Each time parents succeed in pressuring school boards or administrations to remove books from classrooms or reading lists, that means students may not have access to those books. Students will have to work harder to find books that are relevant to them and the issues they encounter in their lives.

This removes the power from educators, other parents, and from the children themselves to make their own choice about education and reliable information.

The responsibility of the school district is to consider the needs of ALL students. That doesn’t happen by pulling books from shelves.

Banned Books List

Here is a list of some of the most recently banned or challenged books for kids – these books reflect the diversity that kids experience.

Download  List (PDF)

Why Does the Anti-CRT Movement Want To Ban Books?

Sometimes opposition to diversity disguised as anti-CRT looks like banning books, resources, lessons or other activities.

Each time parents succeed in pressuring school boards or administrations to remove books from classrooms or reading lists, that means students may not have access to those books. Students will have to work harder to find books that are relevant to them and the issues they encounter in their lives.

This removes the power from educators, other parents, and from the children themselves to make their own choice about education and reliable information.

The responsibility of the school district is to consider the needs of ALL students. That doesn’t happen by pulling books from shelves.

Banned Books List

Here is a list of some of the most recently banned or challenged books for kids – these books reflect the diversity that kids experience.

Download  List (PDF)