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The first time you heard about critical race theory, you were probably being told that it was under attack. Or perhaps that it is being used to brainwash your kids in school. At the very least, it’s anti-American, right? Local headlines from all over the country continue to stoke the debate over the term. But when you hear about “critical race theory” in the context of your children’s education, you’re only hearing an inaccurate, weaponized version of the term. What is critical race theory (CRT), exactly? Is it a lens for understanding American history and public policy, or, as sources like Fox News want you to believe, is it a tool to radicalize our children against white people? Although the term has been successfully warped by opponents, it’s important to understand what CRT actually means—both in origin and how it’s being weaponized now. In order to break down the debate over CRT in the K-12 space, I spoke with two experts: Dr. Anjali Vats , associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Dr. Saida Grundy , assistant professor of sociology, African-American studies and women’s and gender studies at Boston University. Whether you’re a parent, a student, or a concerned citizen: Here’s what you need to know about what critical race theory means for you. First off, critical race theory started out for legal scholars Despite the current buzz around the term, CRT has been around for decades. It originated as a framework for […]