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University of Iowa Course Allegedly Teaches Critical Race Theory Despite State Ban

University of Iowa Course Allegedly Teaches Critical Race Theory Despite State Ban

“Identity and Social Issues: Critical Race Theory”

Many people in education are not listening to anyone and in some cases are ignoring law. They’re just doing what they want to do.

Campus Reform reports:

‘Critical Race Theory’ course taught at University of Iowa one year after governor’s ban

A course at the University of Iowa (UI) appears to teach Critical Race Theory despite a state law banning its teaching in classrooms.

The course, “Identity and Social Issues: Critical Race Theory,” is being taught this semester by Professor Kathy Lavezzo.

According to the syllabus, students in the course will “acquire a solid understanding of pieces by major theorists and thinkers such as Stuart Hall, Hortense Spillers, and W. E. B. Du Bois.”

House File 802 was signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds on June 8, 2021.

“Critical Race Theory is about labels and stereotypes, not education. It teaches kids that we should judge others based on race, gender or sexual identity, rather than the content of someone’s character,” Fox News reported Reynolds saying at the time.

After the House File was signed into law, UI released a statement announcing its plan to continue teaching diversity in the classroom.

According to the syllabus, the course will teach students to comprehend different terms pertaining to race relations such as “color line, intersectionality, and double consciousness.”

Students will also read the works of prominent Critical Race Theory theorists such as Patricia Williams, who is credited with being one of the framework’s earliest proponents, and Kimberle Crenshaw.

Readings include Race and Relations and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color, according to the syllabus.

Another required reading is Richard Dryer’s “The Matter of Whiteness,” which argues that White people are systematically privileged and that being White secures a position of power.

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I predicted this. I predict now that we’ll see a lot more of this.

The left is always convinced that what they do is not just right but a moral imperative, to correct the evil around them. They are missionaries, every one of them.

Banning them from doing what they want to do only affects how they do it. They’ll still do it, one way or another.

You know, this one may actually be defensible. They are teaching the actual theory, not using it. It reminds me of a materials engineering class at my old school called The Mechanics of Corrosion. I myself took a class on totalitarian politics, where we were assigned to read the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. There are popular courses on comparative religions all over. None of these courses are what you could call promotional. And as long as administrations ensure they do not become so (a big if), they can offer a positive good.

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