While many opposed to critical race theory (CRT) took a victory lap upon Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announcing Friday the Department of Education (DOE) “will not dictate or recommend specific curriculum be introduced or taught in classrooms,” conservatives would be prudent to see through the smoke-and-mirrors. There is no substantive indication the Biden administration is not intent on supporting an identity-politics transformation of American schools.
DOE fielded the responses of Americans to determine whether the federal government would craft new grants Republicans argued would result in funding being withheld from institutions that do not adhere to CRT. A DOE regulatory proposal had stated America ought to be “supporting teaching and learning that reflects the breadth and depth of our Nation’s diverse history and the vital role of diversity in our Nation’s democracy,” such as in “the [ahistorical] New York Times’ landmark ‘1619 Project.’”
Grant applicants would thus have needed to clarify how their institution is working “[to] reflect the