Reader's View: Critical race theory being used to stoke fears

If teachers better focused on basics, perhaps the letter’s sweeping conclusions wouldn’t have been drawn, based on incomplete evidence.

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The writer of the Sept. 14 letter, “ Focus on basics to improve school test scores ,” may want to heed that same advice.

It is plainly obvious that all the furor about critical race theory is widely misguided and uninformed; typically, those shouting the loudest have little ability to actually define the term. Various right-wing media ecosystems have created a false narrative, a nonexistent crisis, where your kids’ teachers are indoctrinating them to hate America and God and to question all we think is good about who we are as a nation. It’s a sad state of affairs that so many Americans lack the critical-thinking skills to wade through this stinking swamp of disinformation.

I thought supporters of President Donald Trump wanted to drain the swamp, not wallow in it. It’s an old political playbook to gin up people’s anger and fear, and various politicians seek to use this issue to rile up the base.

If teachers better focused on basics, perhaps the letter’s sweeping conclusions wouldn’t have been drawn, based on incomplete evidence. Perhaps such claims would be better supported with reasonable evidence. And perhaps arguments could be crafted to be taken seriously by thoughtful people.

You can’t simply stay in your own media bubble or your own echo chamber and think you have wider insight to offer others — especially those of us who have made our lives about educating and supporting our youth.


Erik Edmunds


The writer is a teacher in Proctor.

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