(FiveNation.com)- Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has blocked the implementation of the neo-Marxist “Critical Theory” into the public education system. The left-wing governor vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have required Critical Theory classes to become a requirement for high school graduation, noting that it was “insufficiently balanced and inclusive.”
In the surprising move, Newsom confirmed his commitment to including “ethnic studies” education in the schooling system but cast doubt on whether the far-left Critical Theory classes would be inclusive enough.
“I value the role ethnic studies plays in helping students think critically about our history and understand the experience of marginalized communities in our state,” he explained in an official statement. “This academic discipline will help prepare our young adults to become civically engaged and participate fully in our democracy.”
Newsom went on to say that the bill would have required that ethnic studies be taught in high schools “at a time when there is much uncertainty about the appropriate K-12 model curriculum for ethnic studies.”
He also explained how he expressed concern last year that the initial draft of the model put forward was “insufficiently balanced and inclusive.” He did not, however, expand much further on that in this latest state ent by saying whether he thinks it needed to be weighted more towards white Americans, which Critical Theory extensively disparages, or that it needs to be even more left-wing and revisionist.
The model he referenced said that school ethnic studies courses should “build new possibilities for post-imperial life that promotes collective narratives of transformative resistance.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the initial model also said that teachers should teach “one system of power, like sexism and patriarchy” and then encouraged teaches to lay out the “Four ‘I’s of oppression.”
What are those four “I”s you ask? Ideology, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized.
This isn’t so much education as much as it is political activism designed to ensure that students grow up to become Democrat voters.
The course even teaches that capitalism is a “system of power” than has the “capacity to control circumstances within economic, political, and/or social-cultural contexts.”
So the question now is…did Governor Newsom oppose this because it is too extreme, or because it is not extreme enough?