Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas helped Republican indictment of anti-racism efforts at a Washington private school during this week’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. But the leaders of the Houston private school where the senator sends his two daughters have expressed a similar commitment.
Mr. Cruz said during the hearing that the curriculum at Georgetown Day, an expensive private school in northwest Washington where Judge Jackson is one of 23 members of the board of trustees, is “crammed and overflowing with critical race theory.” Critical race theory is an academic concept that Republicans are increasingly using as a vague umbrella term to criticize how educators infuse ideas about racism and inequality into the curriculum.
Flanked on Tuesday by an enlarged page from Ibram X. Kendi’s “Antiracist Baby,” Mr. Cruz held up book after book he described as required reading for the school and asked Judge Jackson if she endorsed their messages.
Mr. Cruz’s comments were part of a surprise attack on Georgetown Day when Republicans tried to exploit poorly coded appeals to racism during the hearing for Justice Jackson, who is about to become the first black woman on the Supreme Court. The school her daughter attends has been educating children from the liberal and conservative elite for decades. Parents who enroll their children pay more than $40,000 a year.
St. John’s School, where Mr. Cruz’s daughters study, is also an elite institution with annual tuition exceeding $32,000, according to its website. And the leaders there have taken a similar anti-racist stance.
In June 2020, shortly after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer who pinned Mr. Floyd’s neck below his knee, sparking protests across the country, school leaders wrote to the community about their actions.
“St. John’s as an institution must be anti-racist and eliminate racism of any kind – including institutional racism – within our school community and beyond,” wrote Mark Desjardins, then Principal, and John Moody, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
A community and inclusion statement approved by the board in 2018 says the school ensures “cultural intelligence and competence” for all members of the community. It also incorporates “cultural competence, diversity, global awareness and inclusivity into all facets” of the curriculum.
The New Republic and Washington Post previously reported on St. John’s. A spokeswoman for Mr. Cruz did not immediately provide answers to questions late Thursday.
In an interview on Wednesday, Mr Cruz said his questions during the hearing should not be taken to suggest that parents were unaware of what their children are learning or that the school should be targeted – which would undermine principles such as school choice and private school autonomy, which the champion Republicans.
“I am saying that Judge Jackson is on the board of directors of a school that teaches aggressively critical race theory,” he said, “and that is an extreme and divisive theory that pits children against other children, divides us based on race, and teaches a false and revisionist history of our nation.”
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