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Victory Over CRT Is Within Grasp. Here’s How Civics Can Prevail.

June 14, 2022

Will Critical Race Theory (CRT) conquer America’s constitutional system? Will the gurus of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) drag the United States back into the days of state-sanctioned racial discrimination? Or is a revival of civic education and constitutional principles—and the rejection of race-based radicalism—rising just below the horizon?

Perhaps no state is poised to predict the nation’s fate better than Arizona, where both the stakes and solutions for this national crisis are quickly coming into focus.

Indeed, in his new report Educating for Citizenship: Arizona Case Study, the National Association of Scholars’ John D. Sailer paints a bleak picture of the Grand Canyon State’s recent trajectory. In particular, its public universities—intended to provide the capstone of formal education for tens of thousands of Arizona students each year—“are replacing [their] old civic mission” with one “focusing on concepts such as microaggressions and systemic bias, prioritizing narrow identity-group politics.”

Read the rest of the op-ed at Townhall

Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy and Director of the Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy at the Goldwater Institute.



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