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FreedomWorks Foundation and BEST Oppose the Department of Education’s Rule Regarding Federal Control of Civics Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Department of Education’s new proposal, which would incentivize and provide funding for the teaching of critical race theory in America’s schools, the Regulatory Action Center (RAC) has partnered with Building Education for Students Together (BEST) to drive activist comments against the federal government’s expanding grip on our nation’s classrooms. Today, FreedomWorks Foundation submitted a formal comment to the Department of Education, which can be found here.

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Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

“Contrary to President Biden’s calls for ‘unity,’ his administration continues to promote ideas based in division. The Department of Education’s proposal to prioritize critical race theory in history and civics education for primary and secondary students is just the latest example of President Biden’s agenda of disunity.

“The Department of Education should have no role in determining how our nation’s schools choose to educate. More importantly, the federal government certainly should not be spending our tax dollars to promote the indoctrination of our children with radical sociological theories that should be left in the ivory tower.

“The Biden Administration should take note of how the American people across the country are rejecting critical race theory in our schools. In state and local elections across the country, parents are consistently voting in droves against curricula based on critical race theory and politicians that support it. Clearly, the grassroots are fighting, and will continue to fight, against efforts like the Department of Education’s proposal to introduce critical race theory in our schools.”

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) commented:

“The United States, which began as an improbable experiment in self-government, is now the freest, most prosperous, and most powerful nation on earth. Schools should be the place where young Americans discover this remarkable inheritance while committing to making our Union more perfect. I am afraid the Biden Administration’s proposed priorities for the U.S. Department of Education’s American History and Civics Education programs would do the opposite – give young people a cynical perspective that sees America purely through the lens of oppression and hate. This cannot become the norm in our classrooms, and I join my colleagues in fully opposing any attempt to force activist indoctrination on America’s schoolchildren.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) commented:

“Critical Race Theory is racism. Teaching Critical Race Theory in our public schools basically amounts to state sponsored racism. We cannot allow leftists to force their vile racist poison into our local schools.”

Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), commented:

“The Biden administration is out of touch with the needs of everyday Americans. Instead of nationalizing an ideology grounded in racism and misinformation, Democrats should support schools’ efforts to accurately teach students the strengths and weaknesses of our nation’s past and inculcate in our youth the values of freedom and the rule of law that have enabled successive generations to make our country a more perfect union.”

Representative Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) commented:

“Critical race theory is a poison on the American psyche and the idea of mandating such destructive ideology in school curricula is unconscionable. By pushing to do so, President Biden is choosing the radical left’s agenda over the well-being of our nation’s youth. There should be no place for this in America’s schools.”

Representative Burgess Owens (R-Utah) commented:

“I grew up attending segregated schools in the Jim Crow South during a time when people were treated differently based on the color of their skin. The discriminatory laws of a pre-Civil Rights America were racist and unjust, but the way to move forward and build bridges is not through continued bigotry. Critical Race Theory is nothing more than a backward-looking and divisive practice that perpetuates racial prejudice. All people are created equal and are entitled to pursue the American Dream. We should teach that in classrooms.”

Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) commented:

“Critical Race Theory, like all its racist derivations, is a direct affront to our core values as Americans. No one in America — be they students, servicemen and women, government employees, or anyone — should be indoctrinated to hate our country, its founding, or our fellow citizens. Worse yet is the continued effort to 'divvy us up by race' and perpetuate the lie that we should be treated differently by virtue of our skin color. This racist ideology must be opposed with all our might.”