The debate about Critical Race Theory being included in K-12 school curriculum has intensified. One side fears that the theory admonishes all white people for being oppressors while classifying all Black people as hopelessly oppressed victims. However, others, including parents, say they wish their children would be taught it, and future generations could be hurt without these teachings.
Lauren, a teacher in Texas, where they have banned the discussion of critical race theory, says the teaching of it in her state has caused chaos. “They even went as far as to say that they cannot teach anything in regards to race that would make a student feel mental anguish, guilt or shame. This has a very chilling effect on teachers,” she says. “The amplification and the hysteria around this critical race theory being taught is bringing so much hostility toward our teachers.”

Hear more from Lauren in the Dr. Phil Digital Exclusive video above. And, Dr. Phil and an audience member weigh in.
Are kids too young to learn about critical race theory? Should it be forced, or should it be an elective? On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Critical Race Theory,” Dr. Phil and his guests, including Dr. Luke Wood, Professor of Education at San Diego State University who teaches critical race theory and believes it can help children, and parents debate whether critical race theory should be taught in schools. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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