Education is a topic the federal and state governments can’t seem to get off of lately. More than ever before, parents and legislators are raging heated political debates in regards to critical race theory, or CRT laws. And with social media being as big as it is today, the topic has been making its way through mainstream media as well. Recently, an account on Twitter further stoked the flames regarding CRT as a Tweet went viral for its undercover video showcasing educators in Idaho discussing different ways to bypass the state’s current ban on teaching the controversial idealogy.
See the footage below.
Accuracy in Media is the name of the Twitter account that first shared the video on Wednesday regarding the CRT laws being broken. The clip features alleged videos from various Idaho school officials explaining how they sidestep the state’s ban through CRT laws and social-emotional learning continuing to teach the same concept through the guise of different names. Each educator’s name was also attached to the video footage.
Cindy Dion, a district instructional coach for the Nampa School District in Northern Idaho was seen talking about the ban on social-emotional learning. “We can’t say that here anymore,” Dion said as she continued saying they now refer to it as mental health. Social-emotional learning is often tied into CRT laws, as opponents argue that it purports the teaching that students need to be more empathetic to people of other races and cultural backgrounds.
The Chief Academic Officer for Caldwell School District, Melissa Langan, was caught on the video also discussing social-emotional and critical race theory. She said the district had intentionally renamed the learning practice to “behavior adaptations.” She also called the maneuver around the CRT laws as being “brilliant.”
There really isn’t any mention of critical race theory within the undercover footage, but Dion does at one point bring the topic up when she says critical race theory is not taught at the school she works in. However, the commentator and apparent owner of the Twitter page argues that social-emotional learning is often a staging for educators to bring up critical race theory teachings. Therefore, he argues that the teachers are ignoring state CRT laws.
Idaho signed the CRT laws into place when Republican Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 377 last year. While there are now at least 15 states with ANTI-CRT legislation and plenty more working up to the matter, Idaho was one of the first states to implement such strict legislation on the topic. Under the state’s law, proponents believe it will stop the practice from being taught inside not only universities but public schools where many Republicans argue it is in fact being taught.
On the other hand, many liberals and believers of the idealogy say first and foremost that it is not being taught in grades K-12. At the actual curriculum level to which critical race theory is taught, the concepts are largely only used in universities and colleges. But the issue remains that just because the verbiage isn’t used in schools doesn’t mean that the concept isn’t brought up. Because of this, it is likely CRT laws will remain a hot-button issue on both the state and federal levels.