Critical Race Theory in Education: A Review of Past Literature and a Look to the Future by Ledesma & Calderón

Critical race theory in education: A review of literature and look to the future

The article looks at the development of critical race theory in education, paying attention to how researchers use CRT and its various branches in the study of K-12 and higher education. The article focuses on CRT scholarships that offer tools to engage with and work against racism within education. This requires an engagement and articulation with the material being taught along with  structural and ideological mechanisms of white supremacy.    

 In the past few years the critical race theory has become an increasingly permanent fixture in the toolkit of educational opportunities, school climate, representations, and pedagogy. 

 CRT has evolved into a type of revolutionary project. It has provided invaluable insight, primarily on the aspect of white supremacy patriarchy that has been historically framed and shaped educational aspects in cultural groups. 

 CRT recognizes the existence of race and racism throughout the educational pipeline, it has the tools that can be utilized by teachers to ensure that students all have an equal opportunity to gain a quality education,  the majoritarian structure of the current K-20 educational system need to be restructured so that issues involving race and color can be eliminated. CRT reminds teachers to understand the different aspects of racism and take action against it. By answering the bell for social justice activism, educators can use their influence to fight for equality in many marginalized groups.  

 Likewise, on the institutional level, there needs to be a change in; 

Initiatives, infrastructure, environments, curriculum, pedagogy, financing and policies to eliminate the promotion of racism, inequalities and social injustices. Educators should continue to identify ways to sove problems that occur in the school environment. Using tools provided by the CRT can be difficult and unpopular, however, they need to be enforced in order to see progress in the school environment.  

Mahen Kariyakarawana

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