Earlier this year, the GOP-led North Carolina state House passed a measure that would prevent public schools from teaching controversial lessons including those rooted in critical race theory.
According to a video clip released by the investigative nonprofit group Accuracy in Media, however, teachers are already engaging in a covert effort to sneak such ideologies into the curriculum.
Rockingham County educator Sherry Barnett reportedly touted the fact that “systemic racism” and “social justice” are central issues in her classroom, though she acknowledged cloaking the topics in different language to avoid backlash from parents.
“We haven’t had any major complaints about what is being taught,” she said, chalking it up to the fact that the “wording” has been carefully orchestrated to hide the true intent.
“Yeah, because in this arena, if you say ‘privilege’ it does immediately give some people that negative feeling,” Barnett added.
Reiterating her belief that teachers should alter their language — but not their left-wing ideology — in order to avoid upsetting parents, she said that teachers “are very careful with wording” these days.
Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools administrator Frank Pantano stated that his wife is a fifth-grade teacher who repeatedly claims that she would be fired if she were teaching in Texas, which already has CRT prohibitions on the books.
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Asked for specific topics his wife covers that would be off-limits in Texas, he mentioned “White privilege, historical racial inequities, [and] different things like that.”
GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed his state’s bill nearly two years ago, and its sponsor in the state Senate defended the law last year against critics including the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
“That bill is not an attempt to sanitize or to teach our history in any other way than the truth — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and those difficult things that we’ve been through and those things we’ve overcome,” said Republican Sen. Bryan Hughes. “No one is saying that we don’t have systemic racism. But what we’re saying is, we’ve made a lot of progress. We have a long way to go. But the way to get there is to come together as Americans.”