(Fox News) The Anti-Defamation League announced in a statement that the organization is reviewing its education content after a Fox News Digital investigation into the curriculum it offers to teachers and students.
A Fox News Digital investigation found that the ADL – which was originally founded over 100 years ago to combat the anti-Semitic defamation of American Jews – included concepts from critical race theory as well as far-left ideas within its education wing.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, an ADL spokesperson stated they don’t teach critical race theory but admitted how some of their curriculum materials are “misaligned” with their values.
“ADL is guided by a mission statement that was written when the organization was founded in 1913: our purpose is to ‘stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.’ This mission compels us to fight antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and prejudice, from virulent anti-Zionism to vicious xenophobia. In service to our mission, we have developed anti-bias and anti-hate education programs over the past four decades. These programs are designed to educate students and help them confront hate. We are proud we have helped millions of children across America learn to challenge bias, discrimination, and hate against all people.
We do not teach Critical Race Theory, period.
That said, we are far from perfect and clearly there is content among our curricular materials that is misaligned with ADL’s values and strategy. We intend to address this issue immediately and openly. We are moving to launch a thorough review of our education content. We will review the findings and implement a process to update them appropriately and expeditiously. We will get this right.”
The reach of the ADL’s education wing is expansive. According to the ADL’s website, in 2021, over 46,000 educators participated in its anti-bias training and 4.8 million K-12 students were reached through its education tools and programs.
Districts around the country pay the ADL’s World of a Difference Institute Training Program tens of thousands of dollars for its anti-bias training. For example, Fox News Digital previously reported that the Clark County School District in Nevada agreed to pay the ADL $75,000 over three years for “anti-bias professional learning for students and staff.” In California, a district that proposed the implementation of the program met backlash from parents who accused it of peddling CRT.
The information from this article was found in the ADL Education’s lesson plans which are available online for teachers to voluntarily use.
Critical Race Theory
ADL Education’s states it goal is to provide education tools to “help people of all ages challenge bias, discrimination and systems of oppression.”
Its “Education Glossary Terms,” which the ADL said it used in anti-bias programs, addressed “intersectionality,” a term coined by a critical race theorist named Kimberlé Crenshaw. Intersectionality holds that a person who is in various oppressed categories – for example, someone who is gay and a person of color – can be marginalized by multiple systems “simultaneously.” Fox News Digital found that Crenshaw’s theory on intersectionality was included in an ADL lesson plan from 2020 on women’s rights.
Also included in the lesson was a link to an ADL post praising the Women’s March, a left-wing movement led by some activists riddled with accusations of anti-Semitism.
“Have young people reflect upon the Women’s March as well as other examples of social activism throughout the years, using an intersectionality approach,” the ADL said in a post.
The ADL’s post about “Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism” contained “key elements of critical race theory,” Legal Insurrection founder, Bill Jacobson, said.
The article discussed how “The flip side of white privilege is structural racism which oppresses and marginalizes people of color through societal institutions like education, law enforcement, voting, employment and other systems” and encouraged teachers to show MTV’s documentary “White People” to students.
“Those concepts are accepted as fact as a starting point, rather than open to debate. There are no counter-arguments presented,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital about the lesson plans he reviewed. “These lesson plans… reflect how ADL has lost its way. It substitutes racial justice dogma and ideology for fact-based analysis. This is not education, it’s manipulation.” ‘
ADL’s lesson plan called “Power and Privilege” included an exercise to help students identify their White privilege. One of the “privilege statements” included “When I wear a hoodie, headphones or my pants sagging, no one says or thinks I’m dangerous.”
According to the ADL, denying one’s privilege is a “biased attitude.”
The ADL included an article by Peggy McIntosh called “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” within the lesson plan. The article indicated that White women are “justly seen as oppressive” and said they “enjoy unearned skin privilege.”
“Many, perhaps most, of our white students in the U.S. think that racism doesn’t affect them because they are not people of color, they do not see ‘whiteness’ as a racial identity,” the article said.
The article lamented that White students are not taught in schools to see themselves as “an oppressor,” a “participant in a damaged culture” and “unfairly advantaged.”
On its website, the ADL suggested educators and/or parents introduce “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness” to children. The book stated that “Racism is a White person’s problem.” The author, Anastasia Higginbotham, described the purpose of the book to The Atlantic.
The Atlantic summed up Higginbotham’s argument as follows: “She argues that, at the earliest possible age, white kids should be taught to identify whiteness as the root of racial injustice so that they can reject the pervasive racism that they would otherwise embody.”
“Understanding the truth takes courage, especially the truth about your own people, your own family,” Higginbotham wrote in her book. “In the United States of America, White people have committed outrageous crimes against Black people for 400 years.”
It also said “whiteness” was “a bad deal” and showed an image of a “contract binding you to WHITENESS.” The contract states, “WHITENESS gets: to mess endlessly with the lives of your friends, neighbors, loved ones and fellow humans of color for the purpose of profit.”
The ADL’s lesson plan on reparations asked educators to “Explain [to students] that reparations can be made in the form of individual monetary payments to victims or descendants… [and] they can also be paired with apologies and acknowledgments of the injustices committed.”
In the lesson plan, the ADL included a video and article from American author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has made several controversial remarks about race in the United States.
Coates previously said that he did not feel sorry for the first responders who were killed on September 11.
“They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body,” Coates had said in his book “Between the World and Me.”