Sometimes I’m not sure if the education beat at the New York Times might not be worse than its foreign policy. And I’m not just talking about the paper’s prolonged antisemitic campaign against religious Jewish education.
Here’s a straightforward issue. Complaints by disabled students and their parents are high. So the New York Times blames Trump and the refusal by some schools to incorporate racist critical race theory texts and graphic sexual content for the problem.
Strife in the Schools: Education Dept. Logs Record Number of Discrimination Complaints – New York Times
The New York Times leads with claims of racism. It briefly concedes that, the “majority of complaints in the past year, as in previous years, allege discrimination against students with disabilities — a population whose plight became more visible during the pandemic when schools drew federal scrutiny for failing to serve such students during school closures.”
And then pivots right back to blaming racism.
“A number of civil rights groups blame former President Donald J. Trump for creating an atmosphere of intolerance in America’s schools. His promotion of what he called “patriotic education” — which sought to minimize the country’s history of slavery — spurred conservative policymakers to support a series of efforts, including banning books, revising curriculums and challenging diversity programs.”
The only programs that were challenged were those that…
1. Falsely described America as a racist country built on slavery, incorporating revisionist 1619 Project history.
2. Racially stereotyped students blamed white students for racism.
3. Employed critical race theory and other racist ideas.
None of this has anything to do with rising complaints by the disabled due to school lockdowns.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of the article continues to claim that racism against black students is the major problem Latino and Hispanic students, despite becoming a majority in many areas, are not mentioned at all. And only one incident involving Asian students is mentioned.
All of this is a convenient distraction from the fact that the complaints are part of the educational wreckage of Democrat pandemic lockdowns.