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The following column is by Goldwater Director of Education Policy Matt Beienburg.
Will Critical Race Theory (CRT) conquer America’s constitutional system? Will the gurus of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) drag the United States back into the days of state-sanctioned racial discrimination? Or is a revival of civic education and constitutional principles—and the rejection of race-based radicalism—rising just below the horizon?
Perhaps no state is poised to predict the nation’s fate better than Arizona, where both the stakes and solutions for this national crisis are quickly coming into focus.
Indeed, in his new report Educating for Citizenship: Arizona Case Study, the National Association of Scholars’ John D. Sailer paints a bleak picture of the Grand Canyon State’s recent trajectory. In particular, its public universities—intended to provide the capstone of formal education for tens of thousands of Arizona students each year—“are replacing [their] old