Living in Northern Virginia for years, I have seen firsthand the perils of injecting critical race theory into our schools. A generation of young men and women are being taught that race is the lens through which all other issues are examined, whether history, math or science.
In a recent commencement speech, Abrar Omeish, a Fairfax County school board member, articulated this ideology, asserting, “You understand that social justice is only political for those that can afford to ignore it. You understand that ‘neutral’ is another word for complicit. And you have made a choice to take a stand.”
This uncompromising worldview alienates many students and further divides America. It is wrong to shame young men and women simply because they don’t share a teacher’s outlandish political views or support a particular activist agenda. Our education system should bring us together over shared American values, not tear us apart. Parents together with groups like Parents Defending Education are fighting back by revealing the abuses occurring in many school districts, whether through lawsuits or public exposure.
Recent events in Virginia show how many districts have been captured by proponents of the discredited and poisonous critical race theory like Omeish. The Fairfax County school board has made promoting deeply controversial critical race theory a misplaced priority, even as the district struggled to adapt to the coronavirus. Recently, the county superintendent, Scott Brabrand, announced a survey to collect parental input on changing the curriculum.