CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 02: Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin claps after learning that polling numbers indicated that he was ahead in the Virginia Gubernatorial race Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on November 02, 2021 in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
UPDATED 10:56 AM PT – Wednesday, December 22, 2021
The battle against critical race theory continues with Virginia Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin laying out a plan to take back education. Youngkin assured his education chief would make sure politics are kept out of the classroom.
In a recent announcement, Youngkin appointed Aimee Guidera as education secretary and said she understands that parent’s voices matter. Guidera is the former founder and chief executive of the “Data Quality Campaign,” a leading national organization advocating for improved quality, accessibility and use of education data to increase student achievement.
Meanwhile, speaking with the press this week, Youngkin said critical race theory wouldn’t take center stage in Virginia public schools for long.
“We’re gonna pull it out and teach all history. We’re gonna make sure that Virginia’s kids understand where we’ve come from,” said Youngkin. “But we’re also gonna make sure our children aren’t told to do everything from a lens of race.”
He stressed public education would instead be focused on preparing students to solve problems in the real world and restoring excellence.
“What we’ve seen in Virginia over the last eight years is a degradation in standards and expectations, and as a result test scores dropping,” Youngkin added.
Youngkin asserted this is the time to take a stand and listen to parent’s concerns about left-wing ideology in the classroom.
“This is a moment for us to absolutely innovate in public school systems, particularly in our K-12 to start with,” he stated.
Looking ahead, Youngkin is set to step in as governor of Virginia on Jan. 15 after heavily campaigning on ending critical race theory in public schools.