As First Action In Office, VA Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs Order “Ending The Use Of … Critical Race Theory” In Public K-12
Will the EO be effective? That remains to be seen, but it sets a tone and direction for K-12.
Immediately after being formally sworn in, Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, signed an executive order banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state’s schools. Executive Order One, issued on January 15, 2022, carries the title,
“ENDING THE USE OF INHERENTLY DIVISIVE CONCEPTS, INCLUDING CRITICAL RACE THEORY, AND RESTORING EXCELLENCE IN K-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH.”
. @GlennYoungkin is signing executive orders from his office in the Capitol pic.twitter.com/cFEqrbQSKe
— Brandon Jarvis (@Jaaavis) January 15, 2022
Youngkin swept to a surprise victory over the heavily favored democratic nominee in November 2021, after a year of Virginia parents pushing back at school board meetings against CRT in their kids’ curriculum.
EO One reads, in part (emphasis added):
Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms. The vast majority of learning in our schools involves imparting critical knowledge and skills in math, science, history, reading and other areas that should be non-controversial. Inherently divisive concepts, like Critical Race Theory and its progeny, instruct students to only view life through the lens of race and presumes that some students are consciously or unconsciously racist, sexist, or oppressive, and that other students are victims. This denies our students the opportunity to gain important facts, core knowledge, formulate their own opinions, and to think for themselves. Our children deserve far better from their education than to be told what to think. Instead, the foundation of our educational system should be built on teaching our students how to think for themselves. Virginia must renew its commitment to teaching our children the value of freedom of thought and diversity of ideas. We must equip our teachers to teach our students the entirety of our history – both good and bad. From the horrors of American slavery and segregation, and our country’s treatment of Native Americans, to the triumph of America’s Greatest Generation against the Nazi Empire, the heroic efforts of Americans in the Civil Rights Movement, and our country’s defeat of the Soviet Union and the ills of Communism, we must provide our students with the facts and context necessary to understand these important events. Only then will we realize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that our children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Note the part that says, “Inherently divisive concepts, like Critical Race Theory and its progeny instruct students to only view life through the lens of race.” This is an important point, as the playbook is to claim CRT is not taught in schools. The progeny of CRT, such as anti-racism and intersectionality, appears extensively in teacher training, curriculum formation in all subjects, and administrative rules. So while Little Johnny and Suzie don’t take a college level comparative philosophy course in various critical theories, they do face indoctrination in the form of the messages sent at all levels.
Younkin obviously realizes there will be a strenuous effort to evade the EO, so the EO has numerous enforcement promvision. The EO, among other things, directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to
- review all policies within the Department of Education to identify and end those that promote inherently divisive concepts;
- review the Department of Education’s Cultural Competency Training to determine if it or any portion promotes inherently divisive concepts, and take action consistent with the laws of Virginia to modify such training to end the use of inherently divisive concepts;
- review all changes made to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s public education curriculum within the last 48 months to identify inherently divisive concepts, including concepts or ideas related to Critical Race Theory, and initiate, through the regular curriculum re-evaluation process, changes that will replace them with concepts and lessons that ensure all Virginia students are taught to respect all individuals regardless of their race, sex, or faith; and
- to take several other steps to root out CRT in Virginia Public Schools.
Youngkin provides the constitutional justification for his order, saying:
The Constitution of Virginia requires that the Governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. It further provides a right to be free from any governmental discrimination upon the basis of religious conviction, race, color, sex, or national origin. Critical race theory and related concepts are teaching our children to engage in the very behavior the Constitution prohibits.
Will the EO be effective? That remains to be seen, but it sets a tone and direction for K-12.
The full Executive Order can be read here:
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The Democrats could not pull a black statewide candidate across the finish line, or chose not to, The GOP made it look easy. How curious. Or not….Youngkin and Sears had some strong black middle class voters on their side and a lot of middle class whites as well. Maybe it was the message and not the color of the messenger’s skin.
All that people need to know about Critical Racists’ Theory is to be wary of exercising liberal license to indulge diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry).
That said, diversity of individuals, minority of one. #HateLovesAbortion
Parents be vigilant. The lack of it has allowed our public schools to decline to where they are.
Parents must read every textbook their children bring home. Parents must read the syllabus of each class and review the curriculum of each subject. Parents must read the assignments their children bring home and ask them what they heard in class every day.
Meet every teacher and the administrators at the start of the school year and let them know you are vigilant. Let them know you will hold them accountable and expect them to communicate with you with issues regarding your child. Be a volunteer if possible and attend as many events at the school that you can.
If every parent engaged on this level, the woke shenanigans would vanish overnight.
I read that the AG fired the civil rights attorneys employed by the state. Too bad he wasn’t in office a week before Christmas so he could have ruined their holiday.
Virginia’s new Attorney General has just fired the entire civil rights division in the AG office and announced that he will prosecute criminal cases in jurisdictions where Soros DAs decline to prosecute.
He is also the first PoC Attorney General in Virginia history! pic.twitter.com/cLKHvnoNNQ
Dr. Benjamin Braddock Dr. Benjamin Braddock (@GraduatedBen)
I saw that earlier today and my first thought was “why does a state have a civil rights division?”
IANAL, but aren’t civil rights violations federal crimes?
I read on the net he fired 20 but only 2 of them were in the civil rights group. He must have been making a list.
“He must have been making a list.”
And checking it twice.
Not sure why he is stopping at k – 12. The states colleges and universities need this now more than ever and most of them are dependent on state funding.
Doing it in universities would probably be unconstitutional, and would definitely violate academic freedom.
Surely he can at least withhold state funding?
Hogwash. Pure hogwash.
Not entirely true….there’s nothing in the Constitution that says you must allow political propaganda to be taught in higher ed. Academic freedom is also a myth made up by academics…it literally doesn’t exist in a legal sense.
The Supreme Court disagrees with you. Unlike primary and secondary teachers, who are presumed to be speaking for the school, and whose speech can therefore be regulated, teachers at tertiary institutions are presumed to be speaking for themselves, and therefore government institutions cannot censor them.
As for academic freedom, it’s at the core of what a university is supposed to be about.
“Teachers at tertiary institutions are presumed to be speaking for themselves”
A course being taught is not all speech. It includes many documents, assignments, and grades, which are not a form of speech and are not the personal property of the individual teaching the course. You are right that they can “speak” for themselves, but their grading of the course or its assignments are not elements of their first amendment rights.
And I noticed you kinda backed off on that academic freedom thing….like I said, it’s a made up concept by academics for academics to be insulated from oversight. It does not exist in a legal sense, which is all that matters for this discussion.
And we’re off… to a good start.
For what it’s worth…
No law prevents public schools from teaching communism and other nonsense, so talk to your children and find out what they learned in school today.
I never had children, but urged my friends who were parents to do exactly that.
It has been said Grizzlies make good godfathers.
Their position has always been @its not being taught” (we know better). . So the Gov CANt stop what ISNT being taught (their thinking, not mine)
Second, they give it a new label and they skirt the prohibition.
Third, unless we live stream the class, how will we know? They already tell our kids NOT.to tell BBC their parents.
And when we do catch them, the damage is already done.
Solution – add some jail time, for one. Second, let the money follow the parents when they pull their children out.
He needs to reinstall statuary that was unlawfully removed.