Whittington Op-Ed in Washington Post: Banning ‘critical race theory’ would be bad for conservatives, too

Dec. 13, 2021

Writing in The Washington Post, Keith Whittington addresses a proposed Pennsylvania law that would ban the discussion of any "racist or sexist concept" in public elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. He argues that, while the bill is unlikely to survive constitutional scrutiny, if enacted it would damage "the scholarly effort to understand the world and communicate that understanding to students and other scholars."

Legal measures like this one are a blunt instrument that will make education worse rather than better, even if you share the political ideals that these proposals are supposed to advance.

Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics and a CSDP faculty associate at Princeton University, and chair of the academic committee of the Academic Freedom Alliance.