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They Only Hate the Term: Explaining Opposition to History Curriculum Policy and Critical Race Theory

The George Floyd Protests of the Summer of 2020 initiated public conversations around the need for antiracist teaching. Yet, over time the discussion evolved into policy debates around the use of Critical Race Theory in civics courses. The rapid transition masked the fact that we know little about Americans' policy preferences. Do Americans support antiracist teaching? What factors best explain support/opposition? How does critical race theory factor in? Using a series of original survey experiments, this study shows that Americans maintain strong support for antiracist teaching, but that support is drastically weakened when curriculum features the term "critical race theory."

Keywords
critical race theory, antiracist, curriculum
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Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/vjqq-rf50

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Collins, Jonathan E.. (). They Only Hate the Term: Explaining Opposition to History Curriculum Policy and Critical Race Theory. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-649). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/vjqq-rf50

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