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An education policy expert told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday that the introduction of Black Lives Matter curricula along with “critical race theory” into public schools will have a long-term damaging effect on the country and is “cause for deep alarm.”

As he introduced the segment, Carlson noted that the Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. one of the country’s top public schools, has recently changed its admission process by eliminating a “merit-based” system that included a “rigorous application process” and replacing it with a “lottery” in the name of “diversity.”

Carlson went on to predict that changing the process at Thomas Jefferson will “destroy” the school over the long run by reducing the quality of students, though “critical race theory will probably flourish, and that’s the whole point.”

Max Eden, an education policy fellow at the Manhattan Institute, agreed but said it was difficult at this point to know “how widespread” the BLM and critical race theory curriculum are.

“You see things on social media, you would like to think they’re anecdotes when you see a school district…just put that out there like they’re proud of it,” Eden said. “It’s cause for deep alarm.”

The think tank expert referenced the Buffalo (New York) Public Schools, which has adopted BLM lesson plans.

Notes City Journal, a Manhattan Institute publication:

The curriculum takes as a starting point that the purpose of American public education is to recruit students into the BLM movement. The first lesson plan for BPS’s “First Days of School” sequence for second-, third-, and fourth-graders asks the “essential question”: “What is the Black Lives Matter Movement and what is our role in it?” The second lesson, titled “Do Black Lives Matter in America?” states as its objective that “students will be able to understand the need for the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

Eden says the BLM curriculum came directly from the school’s “department of culturally responsive education,” adding that New York state education officials have adopted similar standards, “the architect of which was an education professor who has literally said that it is white supremacism to expect black students to read and speak American standard English.”

He went on to say that, in recent days, a school superintendent in New York advised not teaching the success stories of black Americans “because doing so somehow denies or undercuts their ideas of systemic racism.”

Eden also said he believes that some teachers will adopt BLM messaging and critical race theory, which, as explained by Encyclopedia Britannica, teaches American law and legal institutions are inherently racist, “and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color.”

“According to critical race theory (CRT), racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between ‘races’ to maintain elite white interests in labor markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities,” the reference site said, noting further the movement actually has its origins in the late 1960s.

Carlson said Americans need to push back against the core of BLM and CRT teachings, which is “blood guilt” — the notion that “some people are born with guilt, some people are born inferior, some people are born superior,” a concept he notes Americans rejected a long time ago.

“How common is that lie in our schools?” Carlson asked.

“This really ties into the 1619 Project,” said Eden, a reference to a historically inaccurate timeline of slavery in America. “This isn’t just being adopted in major school districts. Teachers are taking it into their own hands.

“The true purpose of this, according to Nikole Hannah-Jones” — the author of The 1619 Project — “is to advance reparations. And she has said further than that, that’s her goal because she decided it was more realistic than, and I quote, ‘How can we stop white Americans from being white?’” Eden said.

“Curriculum can’t affect skin color,” he noted further. “What this is about is what you’re saying — it’s about blood guilt.”

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning federal agencies from teaching CRT to employees.

And on Friday, he signed another order creating a panel called The 1776 Commission “to promote patriotic education.”

Jon Dougherty

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