For immediate release: December 10,2021
An Opinion Piece by Senate President Chris Kapenga

 

What Are They Teaching Our Children?

Parents across the nation have been told by liberal progressives that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not being taught in K-12 schools. However, while the school curriculum may not always be branded as CRT, the ideology is being taught in many Wisconsin schools, including schools in the 33rd Senate District. Sometimes this philosophy is disguised behind covert words such as culturally responsive teaching, diversity, intersectionality, equity, and social justice. At its essence, CRT is an ideology that divides people, including our children, into two groups—oppressor or oppressed—based on the color of their skin.

I’m not going to detail every tenet of CRT or list every reason why I believe it to be a dangerous indoctrination ideology. I simply want you to know CRT goes against the fabric of the American values that the vast majority of us hold to and teach our kids—the value that hard work pays off, that we’re free to make our way in this world, and we’re each responsible for the consequences of our decisions—good and bad. The solution CRT ideology pursues is to upend American values and replace them with neo-Marxist beliefs. Taken a step further, the neo-Marxist agenda is to ultimately upend our system of government.

CRT crept into the classroom with little notice. But it seems one benefit from the pandemic lockdowns is parents have gained first-hand knowledge about what’s being taught to their children. The once faraway classroom became visible on screens in thousands of homes. It was encouraging to see parents become more engaged and ask questions about course content, and even attend school board meetings to hold decision makers accountable.

Parents have made it clear that they want to be in control of what’s being taught to their children. To make curriculum transparency a priority throughout Wisconsin, legislators passed Senate Bill 463, requiring school districts to post to their websites course material sources, course content, and links to adopted curricula. The bill also made it easy for parents to access the content by requiring the information be organized by grade level, teacher, and subject area. 

Senate Bill 463 could have shone a light not only on dangerous philosophies like CRT but also inappropriate subject matter. That is why I’m disappointed it won’t become law. Governor Evers vetoed the bill, which indicates he agrees with the school of thought that parents don’t

have the right to know what’s being taught in schools. It’s no secret that Governor Evers consistently aligns himself with “academic elites” who think they know better than parents on virtually every topic. I believe this is a tragic mistake.

Recently, Virginia's gubernatorial candidate and former Governor, Terry McAuliffe, took a similar stance when he said parents should have no say over what’s taught to their kids. In case you missed it, McAuliffe lost the election.

It’s never a good idea to tangle with parents who are fighting for their children. Governor Evers may soon realize that truth.