Arkansas’ GOP governor signs executive order banning critical race theory

Many Americans have become increasingly concerned about the presence of critical race theory (CRT) in schools, something critics say promotes hate.

In a move that will leave conservatives cheering, Breitbart reported that newly elected Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders just signed an executive order banning it from schools. 

Order: CRT has “no place in Arkansas classrooms”

“Schools must educate, not indoctrinate students; and their education policies must protect children and prepare them to enter the workforce,” Breitbart quoted the order as stating.

The order went on to add that “[t]eachers and school administrators should teach students how to think—not what to think.”

“It is the policy of this administration that CRT, discrimination, and indoctrination have no place in Arkansas classrooms.”

Under its provisions, Arkansas’ secretary of education is to review “rules, regulations, policies, materials, and communications” and remove “ideologies, such as CRT, that conflict with the principle of equal protection under the law.”

No discrimination allowed

Also banned is anything which encourages “students to discriminate against someone based on the individual’s color, creed, race, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.

What’s more, the order prohibits any “public-school employee, public school representative, or guest speaker” from compelling anyone “to adopt, affirm or profess an idea in violation of Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241).”

This includes the belief that those “of one color, creed, race, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law are inherently superior or inferior to people of another color, creed, race, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.”

Finally, Sanders’ order states that “no school employee or student shall be required to attend trainings or orientations based on prohibited indoctrination or CRT.”

South Dakota governor signs similar order

Sanders is not alone in taking a stand against CRT, as Fox News reported last April that South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem signed a similar order.

However, Fox News noted that while Noem’s order instructs the Department of Education to seek out and remove “divisive concepts” based on race, it allows local school districts to adopt their own curriculum.

“Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms,” Fox News quoted Noem as saying in a statement.

“Our children will not be taught that they are racists or that they are victims and they will not be compelled to feel responsible for the mistakes of their ancestors,” she added.