Groups Set to Release Joint Statement Opposing Critical Race Theory Bans|Inside Higher Ed

The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and PEN America are set to launch a joint declaration opposing extensive legal propositions to prohibit the mentor of crucial race theory and other “divisive concepts.” Such state-level expenses and laws run the risk of infringing on the rights of professors to teach and trainees to discover, the declaration states, as “the clear goal of these efforts is to suppress teaching and learning about the role of racism in the history of the U.S.” Political requireds are not an appropriate alternative to the “considered judgement” of teachers, the declaration states, and they prevent trainees’ capability to “learn and engage in critical thinking across differences and disagreements.”

“Americans of all ages deserve nothing less than a free and open exchange about history, and the forces that shape our world today, an exchange that should take place inside the classroom as well as in the public realm generally,” the declaration continues. “To ban tools that enable those discussions is to deprive us all of the tools necessary for citizenship in the 21st century.”

The complete declaration and list of signatories will be launched on Wednesday.


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