Critical Race Theory and the Progressive War on Truth

By Jonathan Butcher

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The problem with our nation’s schools today is not just the low-test scores in basic reading and math—which are an obstacle for the economy, not to mention students’ futures. The challenge is that K-12 instruction has been hijacked by Critical Theorists who are “skeptical” of representative government and the freedoms we cherish.

The debates over the retelling of America’s past, on display in local school board meetings as well as conflicts between the New York Times’ 1619 Project and President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission, involve not just historical facts, but how Americans define their nation. This battle over our national identity is a cultural battle, involving schools—cultural institutions—and the ideas we all need to share to get along with our neighbors, raise families, and pursue the American Dream.

We can all agree that some Americans of prior generations failed to live up to the national promise of freedom and opportunity for everyone regardless of skin color. But teaching our children—the next generation of neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and policymakers—that their race is more important than anything else is a recipe for disaster. We must help our children understand what it means to have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and that these opportunities should be available to everyone, no matter the color of their skin.

Jonathan Butcher's timely book on critical race theory addresses the civil rights issue of our times. Too few Americans understand this dangerous ideology and how it has seeped down into our K-12 educational system. Butcher's book is part of a collective effort to educate the American people about the infiltration and indoctrination of our educational system.

Dr. Carol M. Swain

Former tenured professor at Vanderbilt and Princeton Universities

Jonathan Butcher is one of our sharpest and most insightful analysts writing about education today.

Robert Pondiscio

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and author of How the Other Half Learns

Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education in the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute. He has researched and testified on education policy around the U.S. In 2021, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster nominated Jonathan to serve on the board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District. In 2019, Jonathan co-edited and wrote chapters for The Not-So-Great-Society, which provides solutions to the problems created by the ever-expanding federal footprint in preschool, K-12, and higher education. In 2018, the Federal Commission on School Safety cited comments from his testimony in the commission’s final report to the White House. He has appeared on local and national TV outlets, including C-SPAN, Fox News, and HBO’s Vice News Tonight. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Education Week, and National Review Online, along with newspapers around the country.

To book Jonathan for an interview, contact Marguerite Bowling at marguerite.bowling@heritage.org