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ALERT: NC Family Warns State Board of Education Against Proposed Social Studies Revisions

Yesterday, NC Family sent a letter to the members of the North Carolina State Board of Education, expressing our concern with the Proposed Standards Revisions for K-12 Social Studies that the Board is currently considering. These revisions appear to deal primarily with Critical Race Theory, which, according to a December 2020 Heritage Foundation report, “makes race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life.”

(You can read NC Family’s letter in its entirety here)

Just a couple of the proposed revisions that we take issue with in this letter are:

  • Civic literacy must include an explanation of “how individual values and societal norms contribute to institutional discrimination and the marginalization of minority groups living under the American system of government.”
  • American History must “compare how some groups in American society have benefited from economic policies while other groups have been systemically denied the same benefits.”

The use of charged terms like ‘institutional’ and ‘systemically,'” NC Family warns in our letter, “along with ‘the American system of government,’ can be read to suggest that the United States of America is, at its core, unresponsive, indifferent, and insensitive to the racial inequities and challenges that have faced our nation. This fails to recognize many of the important advancements our country has made in these areas over the years. In addition, many of the proposals call for a ‘critique’ of certain areas of study, which can be read to imply or suggest a negative or critical perspective. Instead, we suggest replacing this word with ‘evaluate,’ which would encourage a more neutral, open-minded approach.

Please contact the members of the State Board of Education and urge them to remove these provisions, and to review the Proposed Standards Reivions for K-12 Social Studies and remove any similar provisions.

North Carolina State Board of Education

Chairman Eric C. Davis –

Vice Chairman Alan Duncan –

State Superintendent Catherine Truitt –

Lt. Governor Mark Robinson –

State Treasurer Dale Folwell –

Dr. Olivia Holmes Oxendine –

Reginald Kenan –

Amy White –

Todd Chasteen –

James E. Ford –

Jill Camnitz –

Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers –

J. Wendell Hall –

Brenda Stephens –

Dr. Tony Jackson –

Kisha Clemons –

Matthew Bristow-Smith –

Maureen Stover –

Mariah Morris –

Nate Kolk-Tomberlin –

Bryce Womble –


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