Colorado Springs District 49 voted 3-2 to ban critical race theory (CRT) from its curriculum:
Thursday night, nearly all of the public comments focused on a resolution to ban CRT in District 49. Parents opposing teaching CRIT claimed it would divide students.
One parent who spoke claimed, “CRT indoctrinates our children into racism.”
A small minority defended CRT, saying that not allowing it to be taught is ignoring America’s history.
Ultimately, District 49 voted to ban CRT 3-2.
Others said the vote shouldn’t have taken place because the schools do not teach CRT. However, this ensures the schools will not instill it into the schools in the future:
Board member Cruson and Chief Operating Officer Pedro Almeida cautioned against the ban, saying it was unnecessary because the theory is not directly taught to students in the district.
“I feel that this is a solution to a problem that does not exist,” Almeida said.
Van Wieren agreed that the theory is probably not being taught in D-49 schools, and said the resolution should serve as the district’s final word on the topic.
“I would like this not to be something we have to talk about all year long,” Van Wieren said. “I would like us to get on with the business of teaching kids math, and science and history, and all that good stuff.”
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