Critical race theory pervasive in Virginia teacher training materials, contrary to Democratic claims
Teacher training materials in Virginia provide instructions for incorporating critical race theory into the classroom, and the state's education department website specifically recommends books promoting the framework — contradicting claims from prominent Democrats that it isn't taught in schools.
Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education by Edward Taylor, David Gillborn, and Gloria Ladson-Billings is on a list of recommended reading for the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Equity and Community Engagement, which designed the department's “EdEquityVA ” initiative. The recommendation is just one of several for integrating critical race theory and related concepts into education.
Democratic politicians, pundits, and progressive activists have repeatedly insisted that critical race theory, which claims U.S. culture and institutions are systemically racist and oppressive to racial minorities, is not taught in public schools.
"EdEquityVA" is one of many educator resources on the Virginia Department of Education website, awash with links that include language often associated with critical race theory. For example, the site says it will enact “culturally responsible teaching” to make the commonwealth’s schools “equitable.” It also directs educators to numerous external resources that discuss concepts such as “systems of oppression” and “taking action on racial equity and justice.”
The website further promotes “anti-racism in education ” and insists that “schools ... create and enforce racial meanings.”