OPI’s Arntzen Tackles Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project

Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen appeared on the KGVO Talk Back show on Tuesday to answer questions from listeners.

Arntzen was proud of the fact that Montana students received their education this school year despite the COVID 19 pandemic.

“Montana schools are open, in fact, they never closed,” said Arntzen. “The modality of education just changed from a blended model to a remote model or to the traditional model where that teacher is in front of those great students. But because we are a local control State, it did depend on what the trustees decided. Some of them are removing that mask and some of them are maintaining it for the consistency of the school year.”

A listener asked Arntzen if Montana would be introducing Critical Race Theory in the state’s public schools.

“It automatically talks about economics,” she said. “If you are poor or if you have been downtrodden it’s because another race has done that to you. Critical Race Theory takes us down a different path, and it says that if we are unequal, it’s because of the color of our skin or because of our economic values and it shames us as Americans, rather than bringing us forward and

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