Publication Date: April 28, 2023
Series: Multicultural Education Series
Who and what are behind the attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT)? Why are attacks on the teaching of racism happening now and what can be done about them? In this book, López and Sleeter answer these questions in an effort to intentionally and strategically provide readers with sustainable tools for teaching toward an equitable future. This comprehensive book includes an overview of today’s controversy surrounding CRT; a historical account of efforts to thwart fair and unbiased education opportunities; research on why these efforts have been successful; and ways for teachers, school leaders, and researchers to address this pushback in their own work. Contrary to claims by critics of CRT, research supports that addressing racism in the classroom is an integral part of a broader effort in ensuring that all children thrive. Written in an accessible style for a broad audience, Critical Race Theory and Its Critics offers evidence-based recommendations on messaging (including social media), organizing, and sharing research.
Francesca López is the Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy and professor of education at Pennsylvania State University. Christine E. Sleeter is professor emerita in the College of Education, California State University, Monterey Bay and coauthor of Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools.
“Because of the well-orchestrated and organized attacks that are being made on teaching about race and ethnic groups masquerading as attacks on critical race theory in the schools, this somber, empirically grounded, edifying, and exquisitely written book deserves a wide and influential audience.”
—From the Foreword by James A. Banks, editor of the Multicultural Education Series