Virginia’s Department of Education is selling a book that says “teachers must embrace theories such as critical race theory.”

Terry McAuliffe has mentioned all through his gubernatorial marketing campaign that the novel ideology isn’t taught in Virginia colleges.

The division’s web site offers sources for its fairness initiatives, which features a tab titled “What We Are Reading.” The listing, comprised of sources the fairness workplace recommends and references in its work, contains books by anti-racist advocate Ibram X. Kendi and Abolitionist Teaching Network co-founder Bettina Love.

“Lastly, teachers must embrace theories such as critical race theory, settler colonialism, Black feminism, dis/ability, critical race studies, and other critical theories, that have the ability to interrogate anti-Blackness …” Love wrote in “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”

The book was sixth on the Virginia division’s listing and was additionally promoted in a March 2020 newsletter. While the inclusion isn’t proof that crucial race idea is being taught within the state’s colleges, Love’s book offers steerage for educators, stating that teachers want to query whiteness and dispose of phrases like “work hard” and “be nice.”

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe walks up to the stage as he prepares to introduce Joe Biden. McAuliffe is trying to get his old job back. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe walks up to the stage as he prepares to introduce Joe Biden. McAuliffe is attempting to get his outdated job again. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)


McAuliffe, a Democrat, has repeatedly mentioned crucial race idea isn’t taught in Virginia colleges and has mentioned his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, makes use of rivalry surrounding the novel ideology to divide folks.

“It’s a dog whistle,” McAuliffe, a former governor, instructed WAVY TV 10 on Oct. 7. “It’s racial. It’s division. And it’s used by Glenn Youngkin and others … to divide people.”

“It’s not taught here in Virginia,” he mentioned repeatedly by means of the interview and once more throughout an Oct. 10 CNN look.

“This is a made-up – This is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people,” McAuliffe mentioned throughout the interview on “State of the Union.”

He beforehand mentioned claims that crucial race idea was being taught in Virginia colleges was a “right-wing conspiracy,” Fox News reported in June.

McAuliffe and Youngkin are tied at 46% amongst Virginia’s registered voters, in accordance to a Monmouth University ballot revealed Oct. 20.


Education has been a contentious point of interest within the months main up to the Nov. 2 election, as college board conferences, significantly in Loudon County, have erupted with mother and father and officers clashing over points starting from crucial race idea and fairness to gender.

The McAuliffe marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark.

‘Teachers need to be taught how to question Whiteness’

The Virginia Department of Education’s web site mentioned its EdEquityVA initiative is “focused on establishing equity targets, measuring equity outcomes … and implementing systemic policy and regulatory changes.” It additionally mentioned an fairness workplace throughout the division is charged with main “efforts to advance education equity, eliminate achievement gaps and increase opportunity, and decrease disproportionality in student outcomes.”

The fairness program contains quite a lot of sources, together with an audit tool used to decide whether or not a college is hitting sure requirements. It, for instance, asks whether or not the coed code of conduct contains an anti-racism assertion or if language was faraway from the code that “categorizes racial justice movements (Black Power, Black Lives Matter, La Raza, etc.) as racist, hate speech, or controversial.”

At the highest of its studying listing, which included Love’s book, the Department of Education states that the books “are the resources the Office of Equity and Community Engagement references in the development of our work, as well as texts we recommend.”

At the underside, it states: “Some of the links on the #EdEquityVA pages lead you to websites not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education. VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts presented on these external sites.”

A spokesman for the division, Ken Blackstone, instructed Fox News: “Critical race theory is not included in Virginia’s Standards of Learning.”

He didn’t deal with questions on whether or not the ideology is taught in colleges or if directors incorporate it into their insurance policies.

In addition to explicitly endorsing crucial race idea, Love’s book promotes different racially charged modifications to the training system.


“Teachers need to be taught how to question Whiteness and White supremacy, how to check and deal with their White emotions of guilt and anger, and how these all impact their classrooms,” Love wrote in her book.

“Teachers must demand the end of high-stakes testing and the yelling of slogans at dark children, such as ‘knowledge is power,’ ‘work hard,’ ‘be nice,’ and ‘no excuses,’ because all you need is grit,” she wrote.

Abolitionist Teaching Network

Virginia isn’t alone in its involvement with Love. The Biden administration beforehand promoted a handbook revealed by the Abolitionist Teaching Network, the activist group Love co-founded.

The federal Department of Education linked to the handbook – plagued by language that seems to fall in step with crucial race idea doctrine – in its steerage on how public colleges may spend coronavirus aid funding, Fox News reported in July.

Miguel Cardona speaks with Berlin High School students while on a tour of the school. (Devin Leith-Yessian/Berlin Citizen/Record-Journal via AP)

Miguel Cardona speaks with Berlin High School college students whereas on a tour of the college. (Devin Leith-Yessian/Berlin Citizen/Record-Journal through AP)

“Abolitionist Teachers” ought to “[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression,” the handbook states, for instance.

The Biden administration backpedaled hours after Fox News reported on the inclusion – three months after the steerage was revealed – and eliminated the hyperlink.

“The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions,” a division spokesperson instructed Fox News. “It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.”

The spokesperson didn’t elaborate additional and didn’t say why the hyperlink was initially included.

Meanwhile, at the very least two Biden administration officers have ties to Love.

Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten led the San Diego college system when it paid Love $11,000 for a talking occasion. Marten was nominated to the federal training division earlier than the steerage was posted however wasn’t confirmed till after.

Additionally, the pinnacle of the workplace that revealed the doc, performing Assistant Secretary Donna Harris-Aikens, can be linked to Love. Harris Aikens was a senior director for the National Education Association when it hosted Love as a speaker at a June 2020 occasion.