President Biden’s Department of Education just proposed a rule which seeks to prioritize grant applications to school districts that have implemented so-called anti-racism training such as critical race theory or the 1619 project. The move seems to target an executive order implemented by former President Trump which said entities implementing these “anti-racism” training will not be eligible to receive federal funding.
The Daily Wire reports:
Legal Insurrection noted that the proposed rule wouldn’t strengthen “the knowledge among students of our form of government, how it functions, and the intent of the Founders” but would instead focus on progressive policies regarding race.
The proposed rule also cites the 1619 Project, which has been widely criticized and condemned by historians for its numerous inaccuracies in favor of a particular narrative, and Ibrahim X. Kendi’s book, which has launched the anti-racism movement that insists white people acknowledge their racism.
The first priority of the proposed rule is to prioritize grants that incorporate “racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives into teaching and learning,” As Legal Insurrection reported, “Applicants would be encouraged to note systemic marginalization, biases, inequities, and discriminatory policy and practice in American history; and create inclusive, supportive, and identity-safe learning environments.”
The second priority purportedly promotes information literacy skills, teaching students to “learn how to gather and evaluate sources of information, and then use evidence from that information to develop and support their ideas and advocacy positions.” Legal Insurrection noted that this could lead to teaching students to attack a source rather than the information contained therein while also promoting activism – which would most likely be directed toward leftist causes.
The proposed rule also attempts to tie Covid-19 into discussions regarding race, claiming the virus has had a “disproportionate impact of communities of color” and therefore emboldens the urgency to improve racial equity across the country.