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Actual Indoctrination Comes to Public Schools

Actual Indoctrination Comes to Public Schools

Four years ago, The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, a series of essays aiming to place “the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” sparked heated debate. Some criticisms of the essays were substantive, others less so. The backlash, however, has endured long after the initial arguments died down. Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, Republican-controlled states enacted a set of education gag laws censoring historical instruction around race. A few such laws specifically banned the teaching of materials associated with the 1619 Project. The nexus to the 2020 racial-justice protests is important. The gag laws were part of a larger attempt to prevent young people from concluding that racial discrimination against Black people is a contemporary problem in need of rectification. Supporters of such laws defended them by insisting that students were being brainwashed by left-wing propaganda and being taught from materials that misrepresented historical fact. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank seeking to undermine public schools, made the connection explicit …