Critical Race Theory and Education Talk at the Mercantile Library
Thursday May 12, 2022, 6 pm reception/6:30 pm program.
There has been increasing legislation across the country challenging how educators teach about diversity, equity and inclusion in their classrooms. Laws against teaching so-called critical race theory (CRT) have been already passed in several states across the country including Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. There is much misinformation about what critical race theory is and to what extent it is being taught in K-12 schools. Educators across the nation on both sides of the political aisle have been resistant to the legislation, as it limits what they can teach and further, much of the legislation includes harsh repercussions for those who teach material that violates the ambiguous laws being put forth. As a result, Democracy and Me educational coordinator Dr. David Childs is giving a free talk at the Mercantile Library entitled Understanding Critical Race Theory and Education: Making the Case for a More Diverse Curriculum.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to ban the teaching of critical
race theory in Florida public schools, which has been prohibited
by a Board of Education rule since June. No Florida public schools
teach the theory. Screenshot From The Florida Channel
The mercantile library website gives the following description of Dr. Childs’ talk.
“There has been a growing push for legislation banning so-called critical race theory (CRT) and diversity and equity curricula in public schools and universities. Multiple states have already passed some sort of law against teaching CRT in K-12 schools. What is critical race theory? Are our schools overrun by this theory? Is it taking the place of the important subjects? Does critical race theory teach our students that all white people are bad? Dr. David Childs will highlight the tenets of CRT, discussing what it is and what it is not? He will also discuss the extent that it is actually being taught in public schools and universities. Within that conversation, Dr. Childs will highlight the importance of a more diverse social studies and language arts curriculum. Dr. Childs will also discuss his new historical fiction young adult novel “Escaping from Home: A Novel about Slavery and Freedom” designed to address issues of equity and racial justice. He wrote the novel for classroom use and to teach the public about diversity and African American history.”
Free & open to the public. Registration required.