Despite widespread acceptance of bi-culturalism and the increasing use of Te Reo Māori, terms like “systemic racism”, “White guilt” and “White privilege” are being enthusiastically embraced by organisations and governments – and now being pushed in our education system.
It’s all part of critical theory – a radical and dangerous new way of thinking about human identity and value. But critical theory is divisive. It’s reduces human interaction to the notion of us versus them. This then feeds the very thing it claims to be fighting: racism, prejudice, resentment and self interest. And the traditional values of reconciliation, love, treating others the way you want to be treated, forgiveness and colour-blindness have no place in a world gripped by critical theory.
But it’s wrong to teach children to be defined by their race rather than as individuals, as though they are only the colour of their skin and that’s all they will ever be. This is confusing to children and creates resentment, tribalism and division in schools. Fighting racism with racism is a double standard.
Good teachers simply don’t have the time or inclination to politicise their classroom and teach children to be woke, and the clear message from recent polling carried out is that New Zealand families agree: “Don’t politicise schools, and keep critical race theory out of the classroom.”
Watch our latest episode of FAMILY MATTERS to learn more about the dangers of critical race theory, download our Fact Sheet at criticaltheory.nz and then find out whether it’s been taught at your child’s school!