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Teachers on edge over CRT implementation

A woman holds up a sign during a rally against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021. - "Are you ready to take back our schools?" Republican activist Patti Menders shouted at a rally opposing anti-racism teaching that critics like her say trains white children to see themselves as "oppressors." "Yes!", answered in unison the hundreds of demonstrators gathered this weekend near Washington to fight against "critical race theory," the latest battleground of America's ongoing culture wars. The term "critical race theory" defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and institutions, rather than at the level of individual prejudices. But critics use it as a catch-all phrase that attacks teachers' efforts to confront dark episodes in American history, including slavery and segregation, as well as to tackle racist stereotypes. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman holds up a sign during a rally against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman holds up a sign during a rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Teachers across the U.S. have been on edge with the nation debate regarding the implementation of critical race theory in schools. American educators have expressed concern over the long-term effects of teaching critical race theory and stated classroom discussions were already uneasy.

In response to the push to teach the controversial theory, several classroom leaders and teacher unions across the nation have joined together to object laws they believe are unnecessary and potentially dangerous.

“I was asked to see myself as a white woman, primarily as the most important defining characteristics of myself.” former teacher Dana Stangel-Plowe expressed. “So, we would do these things like have a privilege walk.”

GOP lawmakers in nearly two dozen states have introduced legislation to prohibit teaching students that the U.S. is “fundamentally or systemically racists.” Five Republican led states, including Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Iowa have passed the laws.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) cited the concepts could divide students over race.

“We had some parents of every background talking about how toxic this is,” he explained. “You see this across the country it is tearing communities apart.”

In addition, DeSantis stressed the importance to teach people the true history of the country and said it is not okay to lie and promote false narratives the far-left have been pushing. Educators with the Montana Federation of Public Employees voiced major confusion about why lawmakers are making a big push to pass laws forcing teachers to teach CRT.

Teachers unions across the country claim educators don’t want politicians telling them what they have to teach.

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