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A Virginia public school district sent a PowerPoint to teachers explaining how to explicitly implement Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the classroom. Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) district sent out a resource — intended to be a “teacher facing item” — which defined Critical Race Theory, among other progressive ideologies, and explained how to implement the ideologies in the classroom. Examples included “culturally relevant pedagogy,” “institutional/systemic racism,” “anti-racism education,” “anti-hate education,” and more. The district defined CRT as an “interpretive framework” that “examines the appearance of race and racism across dominant cultural modes of expression.” “In adopting this approach, CRT scholars attempt to understand how victims of systemic racism are affected by cultural perceptions of race and how they are able to represent themselves to counter prejudice,” the PowerPoint reads. Under the “application/example” portion of the slide, educators were told that critical race theory is a helpful tool for analyzing issues such as “school funding, segregation, language policies, discipline policies, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and accountability policies.”

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