Monday, September 27, 2021

North Carolina Gov. Cooper Veto Bill Bans Critical Race Theory in Classrooms

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill (PDF) on September 10 that would have banned teaching in the K-12 school system, which the measure calls contrary to “the equality and rights of all persons.”

“This legislature must focus on supporting teachers, helping students regain the education they lost, and investing in our public schools,” Cooper, Democrat, said in a statement. “Instead, this bill advances calculated, conspiracy politics in public education.”

Supporters of the bill, mostly Republicans, call it an anti-discrimination bill, while many Democrats view the bill as an attack on Critical Race Theory (CRT), also claiming that there is no evidence that CRT is being taught in the North Carolina school system. Not there.

The CRT is based on Marxist philosophy which describes society as a class struggle between the oppressed and the oppressed; It labels white people as oppressed and all other races as oppressed.

Mark Robinson, a Republican and outspoken critic of the CRT, said in a statement that the legislation would be the first step in combating CRT “being forced on our children.”

Robinson called Cooper’s argument for vetoing the bill “lazy” and part of a pattern of “ignoring the issue”.

monitoring report

Robinson had created Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom (FACTS) for teachers and students to collect evidence of CRT in the K-12 school system, he told The Epoch Times last month; The panel produced the report on Endocrinination in North Carolina Public Education on Aug. 24 (PDF).

Through an online portal, parents, teachers and students can anonymously submit evidence from the curriculum by email.

In the report, race-shaming and signs of surgical castration in children’s literature—as well as xenophobia against political figures—were among the themes found.

In his September 10 statement on the veto, Robinson said the report “establishes precariously that there is a clear problem in our state,” and that Cooper’s veto “does harm to teachers, students, and parents across our state.” those who have raised their concerns.”

“I submitted a letter to the governor asking him to share the discriminatory concepts in the bill he believed should be ‘forced’ to believe him,” Robinson said. “However, in his veto, he opted not to share those details. Governor Cooper should stop playing the political game and start serving the people who have elected him.

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officers’ response

Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement that House Bill 324 “will ensure that students of all races are protected from discrimination in the classroom. I am disappointed that Governor Cooper would block legislation that would prevent students or teachers from being discriminated against.” from being forced to accept the false idea that one caste is superior or inferior to another.”

In a statement regarding the veto, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction superintendent Katherine Truitt said: “Every day, thousands of teachers lead and guide our students, challenging them with strong conversations on difficult topics, without letting them know. Without ever being influenced. Or political beliefs. What we’ve learned throughout this process is that we parents need to continue to play an active role in our children’s education. When and if they have concerns, they should Feel empowered to share this with your child’s teacher.”

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In a debate on the House floor on September 1, Representative James Galliard, a Democrat, called the bill a form of censorship.

Quoting he said Benjamin Franklin, Galliard was said“It is absolutely necessary that all kinds of knowledge should be disseminated.”

The quote is, in fact, historically attributed to another Founding Father, Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress.

The post-Revolutionary War address was a petition to counter the threat of a re-established monarchy by creating federal universities that would educate students in history, law, commerce, and war strategy.

“In order for our republican government to be consistent with the principles, morals, and manner of our citizens, it is absolutely necessary that every kind of knowledge should be transmitted through every part of the United States,” is the full quote.

However, the question of whether CRT is “knowledge” or propaganda continues to be debated among lawmakers and scholars.

Matt McGregor covers news from North and South Carolina for The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

North Carolina Gov. Cooper Veto Bill Bans Critical Race Theory in Classrooms
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