Monday, December 6, 2021

Legislation Would Ban CRT In NJ Schools

New Jersey State Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (NJLD13) has led the charge in introducing legislation (A6136) which would prevent school districts from utilizing one of the most controversial and inherently problematic curriculums in recent history – “Critical Race Theory (CRT).” The bill comes as parents have grown increasingly weary of what is being taught in the classrooms and to their children:

“One of the most explosive topics in today’s political and academic discourse is Critical Race Theory (CRT),” said Assemblyman Scharfenberger. “Supporters claim it is a way to address race in the 21stCentury; however, many point to its inherently prejudiced, divisive, hateful, anti-American ideology and judging from the number of outraged parents showing up to Boards of Education meetings across the country, it is clear that CRT is not seen by many as a valuable addition to the world of academia.”

Assemblyman Scharfenberger has long spoken out against the utilization of CRT. In fact, he discussed the fundamental problems associated with the curriculum during a Reaction Couch Interview earlier this year. After its release to the public, he was encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive outreach and comments he received from across the State, illustrating that his position had tremendous support:

“Many BOE members have told me that they’re vehemently against teaching CRT, but are concerned with government mandates forcing it into the curriculum in one way or another - that’s where my bill would come in,” Scharfenberger stated. “In no uncertain terms, there isn’t a place for any form of racism in our schools and any agenda which would seek induct it, like CRT. It is the antithesis of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings that people be judged not on the color of one’s skin, but on the content of one’s character.”

Scharfenberger’s bill would seek to return schools to environments for fostering growth and education instead of divisive political ideologies like CRT while barring any discriminatory concepts as a whole, such as:

· one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;

· an individual, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously;

· an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment because of their race or sex;

· an individual’s moral character is determined by their race or sex;

· an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or another form of psychological distress solely because of their race or sex;

· ascribing character traits, values, moral or ethical codes, privileges, or beliefs to a race or sex, or to an individual because of their race or sex; and more (read full bill).

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