Psaki Claims Biden Not Pushing CRT Despite Promoting It in Schools
DOE issued a statement distancing itself from the group
White House press secretary Jen Psaki asserted that the Biden administration is not pushing critical race theory in schools despite promoting the radical's group's handbook in its official reopening guidance, claiming it was an "error."
The Department of Education (DOE) linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s "Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning" in its handbook for schools to reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guides claims that social and emotional learning (SEL) "can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control Black, Brown, and Indigenous children and communities to adhere to White norms," and "[m]ost SEL standards are rooted in Eurocentric norms, not to empower, love, affirm, or free Black, Brown, or Indigenous children."
On Wednesday, DOE issued a statement distancing itself from the group, claiming the guide’s inclusion in its handbook was an "error."
"The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions," the statement read.
"It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation."
Psaki was asked by Fox News' Peter Doocy if the administration planned to "follow up with school districts to make sure that the Abolitionist Teaching Network material is not in lesson plans."
"Well, just to be clear for the context, because I know you love the context of what you're asking about here."
"What you're referring to is a citation in a report of which there were a thousand citations. So I'm quite impressed with your researchers for finding one of a thousand citations."
"It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation," she said, repeating DOE's statement.
"[It] does not represent the administration's view, and we don't endorse the recommendations of this group. And I believe it's been removed or is in the process of being removed."
A review of the document found 182 links embedded in the body of the text and 74 footnotes at the end, a lot less than the "thousands" Psaki referenced.
"But we are close to schools reopening," Doocy fired back.
"Is there any concern, if you don't endorse this material that was in their citation or not, that it's in lesson plans?"
Psaki claimed government does not dictate local schools' curricula.
"Well, first, I would say that, as we've said many times before, we don't dictate or recommend specific curriculum decisions from the federal government," she said.
"That is and will continue to be handled at the local level, and we believe that the American people trust teachers to make those decisions, not the government."