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When pundits and academics say that critical race theory is simply a law school concept and has not been used to create curriculum, they are lying. They say that critical race theory began as a concept at Harvard Law School in the 1970s, but where an idea begins and where it ends are often not the same place. Such is the case with critical race theory. It emerged from those ivy-covered walls and landed in the realm of education. By the late 1980s, critical race theory was a concept that was informing teachers’ perspectives on their role at the front of the classroom. Scholarly work was published in the 1990s to explain how critical race theory should be used in educating American students. These texts were taught in master’s of education degree programs across the county, and by the time those teachers took their first union teaching jobs, they understood that critical race theory needed to be embedded in lessons. The 1995 essay “Toward a Critical Race Theory in Education” takes the concepts of critical race theory out of the law school and into the classroom.

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