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Read this for meaning, Institute of Race Relations

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Read this for meaning, Institute of Race Relations

Bodies such as the IRR should assist in achieving education goals instead of peddling right-wing fluff

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We have a choice to focus on nonsense or the debilitating crisis that faces our nation’s schools.

This week a brainless report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) resurfaced online, with the heading “Educate, don’t indoctrinate”, a supposed call to resist children being indoctrinated with critical race theory in SA’s schools. Joining its right-wing ideological friends in American schools, the IRR clearly seeks to piggyback on the reactionary lies of zealots on the other side of the Atlantic. Why is this ideological right-wing fluff?

I have taught in schools in SA (as a job) and America (by invitation). Trust me, those in either country do not teach critical race theory. It would be nice if they did, but they don’t. Some schools do teach about race and racism, slavery and white supremacy, and if that constitutes critical race theory, then I invite my friends in the IRR to a free workshop on what the construct actually means. Perhaps the IRR has run out of liberal ideas, but teaching children about the systemic nature of racism and its lingering effects in society is decidedly not the same thing as the caricature it presents: indoctrinating, shaming, alienating, dividing and purging that targets white citizens. Absolute nonsense...

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