According to Kevin Roberts, the President of the Heritage Foundation, classical education should supplant critical race theory (CRT) in school curriculums.
Roberts notes that education should not focus exclusively on “hard technical skills” oftentimes associated with obtaining a job or enhancing the likelihood of a student performing well on standardized college entrance tests. Instead, education should also account for elements of a classical education that stresses diverse thinking.
“The reason I believe that classical education should replace [critical race theory] is because it puts the focus where it needs to be, which is on the formation of the student,” Roberts remarked in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
Over the course of the fierce debates regarding the presence of CRT in school curriculums, some favorable outcomes have emerged. As Roberts notes, “the greatest fruit of the debate over [CRT] isn’t merely that conservatives are winning that debate … it’s that in the process of doing so, we have recognized that we can use this overreach by the radical Left to remind Americans what education should truly be about.”
The presence of CRT in school curriculums has caused enormous controversy with numerous voters, parents, and school boards. The controversial ideology also played a pivotal role in the gubernatorial election in Virginia, as observed by USA Today.
Liberal activist and Democrat politicians have consistently claimed that CRT is not taught in public schools, and they have resoundingly rejected Republican efforts to ban the theory from school curriculums across several different states.
Roberts believes that classical education should replace CRT in all public schools, especially given its emphasis on critical thinking and inquiry. An eduction in the classics tends to be heavily grounded in the humanities and liberal arts, as well as strongly influenced by the Western canon. According to the Manhattan Institute, a classical education is also strongly ground in Greek and Roman traditions that center on academic excellence.
The President of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., remarks that “it’s great” to observe “a rebirth of classical schools in this country,” citing the presence of the classics in private schools and charter schools.
“But I’m also really excited that in public charter schools, weâre seeing many of those curricula adopted,” Roberts added.
“What you can’t teach is what you must form,” Roberts continued, noting that this formation emerges from “the classical approach,” which stresses “that understanding of character that comes from reading the great books, and the essays,” which in turn leads to “deep thinking in classrooms.”
“That’s why [the classical approach] has to replace CRT,” the Heritage Foundation president concluded, “and for that matter, most American curriculum.”
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