As a veteran High School History Teacher, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Idaho Legislature’s measure to bar the teaching of doctrines analogous to “Critical Race Theory”. One might rightly wonder if this censors schoolteachers, College Professors, and school curricula. By forbidding a certain doctrine from being taught, am I not engaged in a blatant hypocrisy?! As a critic of “Cancel Culture” am I not engaged in censorship?!
Fair question! I do not think that censoring a censorious propaganda is restricting free speech. I have no problem with anyone mentioning “critical race theory” in a classroom, as an alternative interpretation of reality. I do not believe that the legislation forbids all mention of it.
I abhor and oppose any circumstance where any such theory is taught as being factual, valid, or the primary analytical tool for studying anything. As I would oppose a requirement to teach any religious or political theory as fact, I oppose both “critical race theory” and “intersectional feminism” as I would oppose any Theocratic curriculum.
Such models do not in any fashion foster intellectual curiosity nor do they abide creative insights. Both of these ideological philosophies engage in the overt suppression of alternative and dissenting viewpoints. Both demonize disagreement as evil, by characterizing them as “racist” or “sexist”.
“Critical Race Theory” and its analogues do not teach HOW to think. These ideologies teach WHAT to think. They close minds, rather than opening them. I oppose all efforts to turn History into Totalitarian Propaganda.
Ralph K. Ginorio
P. S. This Blaze Article, linked below, deals with the sort of things that can happen when one ideological interpretation of reality replaces objective reality. It is what I fled when I left Maine.