World Iowa governor signs bill banning critical race theory, rails against 'discriminatory indoctrination'
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The governor ofsigned a bill into law banning critical race theory in the state, declaring the Hawkeye State will not teach "discriminatory indoctrination."
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, signedinto law on Tuesday, codifying the state’s stance against teaching "specific defined concepts," such as the widely controversial critical race theory.
Critical race theory teaches students to look at American society and history through a racial lens and views race itself as a relatively recent social construct that is weaponized by dominant groups to oppress others.
Reynolds announced the signing in a press release sent on Tuesday, where she said critical race theory was not about education, but rather "labels and stereotypes."
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"Critical Race Theory is about labels and stereotypes, not education. It teaches kids that we should judge others based on race, gender or sexual identity, rather than the content of someone’s character," Reynolds said.
"I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination," she added.
Specifically, the bill prohibits public colleges in Iowa and governmental agencies from teaching 10 "divisive concepts" in diversity training, including "the idea that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex, that the United States of America and the state of Iowa are fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist."
Democratic opponents to the billthe measure as trying to shut down conversations on race.
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"We can't have it both ways," Democratic state Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad said. "We can't say on one hand 'we want freedom of speech,' on another hand say 'we want to hear both sides' and then stifle those sides."
Iowa is the latest state to ban critical race theory from being taught as the subject continues to be the fiery subject of debate nationwide.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a billcritical race theory and gender-based theory from being taught in public schools and universities, specifically teaching that "one race or sex is inherently superior to another," and that "an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive."
Additionally, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed ainto law banning teachers from teaching critical race theory in May.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.
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Critical Race Theory is a controversial philosophy – a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as a Marxist, anti-American and neo-racist. It’s either "a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against White people," according to a recent article in Education Week. "CRT seeks to diminish the reality that we are all unique and precious in God’s eyes," Melody Clarke of Heritage Action for America told Fox News Friday.