South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem boasted of signing the “ 1776 Pledge ” that opposes the teaching of Critical Racial Theory (CRT) in public schools, as debate over the ideology deepens across the country.
‘Teaching our children and grandchildren to hate their own country and to compete based on race or gender is a shame and should be stopped,’ Noem tweeted Monday.
The Republican added, “I am proud to be the first candidate in America to sign ‘The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.’ ‘
Van Noem is widely believed to be watching the 2024 presidential race, but she urged local news outlets referring ‘candidate’ to her campaign for re-election as governor next year.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem boasted signing the ‘1776 pledge’ opposing critical race theory (CRT) teaching in public schools
It comes amid a national debate about CRT, a theoretical framework that society sees as dominated by white supremacy, and which critics say reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Defenders argue that CRT is merely examining the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law, saying it is essential to eradicate racism.
The 1776 Pledge was launched as an attempt to counter the 1619 Project, which presupposes the true founding of America in 1619, when the first African slaves arrived, rather than 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Noem argued that the 1776 promise confirms the “truth” about America’s history, “that we fight for freedom, not on the basis of slavery.”
‘Critical race theory is not right for our children to learn, and to have in our school systems,’ Noem said in an interview with Fox news.
“We want our honest history, our real history, our patriotic history to be taught to our children so that we can continue to protect America,” she added. “It’s the most special country in the world, and it’s something our children deserve to have long into the future where we’ve had the chance to grow up.”
Noem argued that the 1776 promise confirms the ‘truth’ about America’s history, ‘that we fight for freedom, not based on slavery’
Meanwhile, Attorney General Ken Paxton, also a Republican, spoke out in Texas in honor of suburban Dallas voters who voted overwhelmingly for the school board candidates who opposed CRT.
In Saturday’s election in Southlake, candidates who opposed the new curriculum won the two open seats on the board of the Carroll Independent School District in a landslide, with nearly 70 percent of the vote.
‘I am very grateful to these parents, I hope more people will speak up. That’s the only way we’ll save our country, the only way we’ll save our children, ”Paxton told Newsmax in response to the vote.
“It is encouraging that parents are getting involved in this way and that they care about business just like this one, that they want race to be treated with respect rather than disdain as the Democratic Party has urged us to do,” he said.
“ Rather than dividing us, it should be something that makes us realize that while we all come from different backgrounds, there’s a reason we’re all here, and God created us all and that’s important, ” added Paxton to it, who has been under indictment since 2015 on securities fraud allegations, which he denies and calls politically motivated.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, also a Republican, spoke out in honor of suburban Dallas voters who overwhelmingly voted in favor of the school board candidates who opposed CRT.
Republican state legislatures in a number of states, including Texas, are enacting bills that would ban the teaching of CRT in public school classrooms.
Texas law would go even further by discouraging Texas students from discussing current events or controversial public policy issues.
Last week, the Texas Senate passed Senate Law 2202, which prohibits teaching that “ one race or gender is inherently superior to another race or gender ” or that “ an individual, by reason of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist. , is sexist. or oppressive, conscious or unconscious. ‘
The state house will consider a parallel bill, HB 3979, this week.
Teacher organizations oppose the accounts, which they believe are too vague and which silence teachers from discussing critical race theory.
“The language in the bill about what could be considered controversial is broad, and determining whether or not a teacher has violated this part of the statute is subjective,” Texas AFT teachers’ union said in a statement.
“Educators, for example, may be subject to disciplinary action if they discuss concepts such as implicit bias or critical race theory, held as a model of best practice in the field,” added the teachers’ union.
In recent months, lawmakers in Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and West Virginia have all introduced bills opposing critical race theory.
On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill banning teachers from discussing controversial issues in schools unless teachers give equal weight to divisive topics. Violations would result in fines of $ 5,000.
Republican State Representative Michelle Udall, who chairs the House Education Committee, rejected arguments that the bill aims to ban talks about racism.
“We cannot allow children in our public schools to learn that their skin color, ethnicity, or gender in some way determines their character or actions. There should be no forms of racism in our classrooms, ”said Udall. ‘Pre-biased education must be stopped.’
Chris Kotterman of the Arizona School Board Association opposed the bill, arguing that the bill’s language is too vague and is constantly debating what is appropriate to teach and what is not.
The basic argument is that there is a movement that is teaching students, especially white students, to feel bad about the country’s past sins. That sucks. Nobody teaches that to students, ”said Kotterman.
What is the ‘1776 Promise’?
The ‘1776 Pledge’ was launched by the Conservative as an attempt to counter the 1619 Project.
The 1619 project proposes that America was really founded in 1619, when the first African slaves arrived, rather than in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The 1776 pledge, as seen on the group’s website 1776action.org, sounds like this:
As a citizen, I believe that …
- The United States of America is an exceptional nation.
- Our children and grandchildren must be taught to be proud of their country, to respect our principles of freedom and equality, and to have a sense of American history that is both truthful and inspiring.
- Our Founding Fathers – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – and leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were among the greatest Americans who ever lived, and they deserve to be honored as heroes.
- Young people should be taught not to see each other by race or gender, but as individuals made in the image of God.
- Teaching children to hate their country and each other is immoral and very harmful to our society.
- The path to national unity is to restore true, patriotic education in our schools that cultivates a deep love for their land in our children.
THIS IS WHY I PROMISE to help replace elected officials, school board members, education commissioners, school principals, deans and college presidents who promote a false, divisive and radical view of America and our fellow citizens with new leaders who respect our history and our values. , our rights and the God-given dignity of every human being.