AAA Decries Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

AAA Calls For A Full and Honest Learning Experience in the US

“Why?”

It’s the key question children incessantly ask as they try to make sense of everything around them. Their curiosity plays a big part in helping them build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and figuring out how the world works.

Encouraged by conservative groups across the US, however, politicians are trying to place legislative restrictions on children’s curiosity, and on even the most thoughtful, sensitive efforts by teachers to help children learn about cultural differences. The furor over so-called “divisive concepts” like Critical Race Theory (CRT) and LGBTQ rights is a manufactured panic, but the fear around it is having real effects. Since January 2021, 37 states have introduced bills or taken steps that would restrict teaching CRT, and more than 100 bills have been introduced targeting LGBTQ people nationwide.

The bills that have been enacted or proposed threaten teaching and learning in schools and universities. Even if they are not enacted, these proposals are being taken seriously, and have a chilling effect on how children learn. Teachers will now have to ask themselves if simply acknowledging readily observable facts – that racism exists and that families come in different forms – means that they’ve given instruction on prohibited divisive concepts.

Identifying concepts as divisive and abasing clearly isn’t helping, and frankly is misleading. As Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading contemporary social science scholar who helped introduce “Critical Race Theory” more than 30 years ago points