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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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What's the Buzz About Critical Race Theory?

"Critical Race Theory" has become a hot topic for some media outlets, and some school districts--including Highline--are getting the question, "Do you teach Critical Race Theory in school?"

Much of the buzz is based on misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of Critical Race Theory. So what is it?

A very simplified definition is that it is a way of understanding how inequities continue to persist in our world in spite of advances in civil rights. It asks us to look at systemic inequities in institutions such as education and the legal system. It is not a condemnation of our nation or a vehicle for shaming and blaming white people. 

For more on Critical Race Theory, you may want to read this recent article in Education Week.

We will continue to provide more context around this issue as we implement Highline's Instruction on Race and Identity.