When people say they’re not teaching critical race theory in schools, they’re mostly right — they’re not teaching a course on critical race theory; rather, they’re integrating tenets of it into lesson plans and the curriculum. It’s informing the way schools teach history, and countless schools have adopted the fact-challenged 1619 Project into their history curricula.

A couple of weeks ago, anti-CRT crusader Christopher Rufo posted a thread debunking Terry McAuliffe’s claim that critical race theory wasn’t being taught in Virginia schools, pointing out that in 2015, then-Governor McAuliffe’s Department of Education instructed Virginia public schools to “embrace critical race theory” in order to “re-engineer attitudes and belief systems.”

When Sen. Rick Scott pushed the critical race theory button on CNN, Brianna Keilar responded with the stock answer that CRT “is not in the curriculum in Virginia.” Scott had done his homework, though, and pointed out that CRT is still on the Virginia Department of Education website, where it recommends “Critical Race Theory in Education” as a “best practice.”

Just maybe, parents voted for Glenn Youngkin in part to make sure critical race theory didn’t become part of the curriculum.

She had other talking points to get to and thought that would shut him down.

And Virginia parents had a lot more concerns about the public schools than just the creeping infestation of critical race theory, not that the Democrat who lost would ever admit it.

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