(USA Features) The Biden administration will prioritize federal grants for programs that will instruct public school students about the dangers of misinformation while pushing Critical Race Theory, a report noted Tuesday.
The Washington Examiner reported that the Education Department has proposed both subjects as priorities in American history and civics curricula in a regulation that was published this week after President Joe Biden moved in that direction via executive orders issued shortly after taking office.
According to the guidance, the objective with the instruction of the controversial Critical Race Theory is to encourage “culturally responsive teaching and learning” in public schools by giving preference to grants for “projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives.”
The aim is to create “identity-safe” classrooms in the post-George Floyd environment, the regulation states while also quoting from activist and professor Ibram X. Kendi, who pushes an “anti-racist” theory, the Examiner noted.
“There is growing acknowledgment of the importance of including, in the teaching and learning of our country’s history, both the consequences of slavery, and the significant contributions of Black Americans to our society,” the regulation says.
“This acknowledgment is reflected, for example, in the New York Times’ landmark ‘1619 Project’ and in the resources of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History,” it adds.
The 1619 Project, which claims that the early American colonists fought the Revolutionary War to preserve slavery, has also been criticized as inaccurate.
The second priority of combatting misinformation cites a left-leaning Brookings Institute report published in 2017 which recommends investing in news literacy should be a pressing matter for the government.
“Civics education can be an opportunity to help students develop the skills necessary to meaningfully participate in our democracy and distinguish fact from misinformation,” the regulation says.
“Well-designed programs can fuel student engagement in our democracy and provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the materials they encounter by developing their information literacy.”
The rule further claims that the “benefits would outweigh any associated costs.”
The public commentary period ends May 19.