Sensing an opening in the Democratic left’s increasingly obvious hatred for the United States and its prouder citizens, some Republicans are pressing hard on the Critical Race Theory (CRT) issue.
CRT is the doctrine, being taught in schools and in employer “diversity training,” that white Americans are guilty of racism based solely on the color of their skin and must be re-educated. Several states have recently passed legislation prohibiting the content in their public-school systems.
Now Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has introduced legislation, on July 27, that would require all schools and districts that receive federal funding to ensure students are able to read and recite America’s founding documents and withhold federal money from schools that teach those documents spring from white supremacy or racism.
These would be the Love America Act requirements:
- Read the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Pledge of Allegiance and recite portions of these foundational texts at certain grade levels
- In 1st grade, students read and are able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance
- In 4th grade, students read the U.S. Constitution and are able to recite its preamble
- In 8th grade, students read the Declaration of Independence and are able to recite its preamble
- In 10th grade, students read and are able to identify the Bill of Rights
- Make schools ineligible for federal funding if they teach that the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, or Pledge of Allegiance are the product of white supremacy or racism.
He said in part, “Critical Race Theory has no business being taught in Missouri classrooms, but the vast majority of our schools are not doing that. Our state has a long history of valuing local control, and that is why local schools districts have statutory authority over curriculum.”
Members of the House and Senate Joint Committee on Education heard testimony last week in favor of why CRT should be banned in the state, but Democrats in the meeting were upset because no one spoke in favor of Critical Race Theory.