It is a shame that Gardiner school administrators caved so easily to accusations that their English Advanced Placement curriculum was, heaven forbid, teaching critical race theory.

In fact, thanks to misleading edicts and legislation all over the U.S., educators are similarly being warned off teaching almost anything having to do with race.

Critical race theory, which is taught in advanced classes in some law schools, is a particular analysis of the American legal canon. It has almost nothing to do with the race-oriented teaching that students might experience in high school literature and history.

One is not studying CRT by reading about the Civil Rights movement, voting rights, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the Tulsa Massacre, or the origin of our new Juneteenth holiday.

Under the banner of protecting students from CRT, these students instead are more likely being deprived of valuable advanced placement reading and learning. As a result, they will be less prepared for the bigger, more complicated world that awaits them after high school.

Exactly what high school is supposed to do.

Steve Bien, Jay

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