As we prepare for the start of the upcoming school year, we must remember that what our children learn in the classroom can have a life-long impact. I want to share with you the following passage that appeared this past school year in a 4th grade lesson in a Harford County Public School:
“When I think about power in the world, one thing I think about is race.
I think about the color of a person’s skin and what that means for power.
For example, I am a white person.
The fact that I am white means I have a lot of privileges which is very much like power.”
I find this disturbing. We should not encourage racial division among our children. Since I was a child in the 1960s, our nation, our state, and our county have made tremendous strides in improving race relations and expanding opportunities for people of all races. We did not do that by telling young children to distrust each other, to harbor guilt or resentment toward other races, or to believe that the accumulation of power is the end game in life, which are often the elements or impact of Critical Race Theory teachings.
We advanced racial harmony by teaching the message from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that all children are equal in the eyes of a loving God and that anything that we do to interfere with God’s plan is sinful. That very basic lesson has been, and continues to be, highly effective. Casting it aside for a new, radical theory that divides our children is wrong and will only serve to damage them and our future.
Civil rights lessons are an essential part of history curriculums. Children should know that hatred and evil still exists in the world, but these recent messages are aimed at creating division where it doesn’t exist so that politically driven groups can exploit victimhood and ultimately deny people of color true equality.
I have spoken at length with the Harford County School Superintendent and others in the educational system to express my considerable displeasure with this lesson, as well as my sincere hope that all such damaging lessons will be removed from the schools. I also spoke with a gathering of parents who appeared before the Board of Education in opposition to such lessons and thanked the parents for taking the time to stand up for our children. It is important that we all remain alert to and express our outrage with any lessons that preach division. Our children deserve our careful attention to this matter.