Applewood Heights High School in Mississauga now offers a course teaching the controversial subject of Critical Race Theory to high school students.
The course, titled Contemporary Black Studies, is described as exploring “contemporary black culture in Canada, through the lens of critical race theory.”
Other topics on the program include examining “black experiences and their impact from a Black Lives Matter perspective.”
Critical Race Theory, also known by its short form CRT, is an ideological lens that posits that Canadian society and laws are systematically racist and inherently based on white supremacy.
Although the theory and its associated practices originated in the legal realm, they have since spread to education, workplaces and elsewhere.
CRT proponents often promote related concepts such as anti-racism and fairness, which include practices such as race-based hiring and teaching children that they have white privilege.
Applewood Heights is a public school and part of the Peel District School Board (PDSB). As True North columnist Sue-Ann Levy reported, the PDSB has been inundated with far-left ideas for some time now.
Several municipalities in the United States and more recently the state of Florida have taken steps to ban the teaching of CRT to young students.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis even unveiled legislation that would give parents the power to sue educators for pushing CRT on their children.
Although more attention has been devoted to CRT in American schools, a recently proposed law in Ontario worries Canadian parents because it has also taken deep root in Canada.
Bill 67, which is likely to pass the Ontario legislature, has come under fire from critics for potentially enshrining the CRT in the province’s Education Act. If implemented, the bill could result in a fine of up to $200 for “subconscious” racism in the classroom and would mandate anti-racism training for educators.
The CRT has even found support at the federal level, although education is a provincial responsibility. In December, Liberal MP Janica Atwin told the House of Commons that Canadian children should study critical race theory when they return to school in 2022.
“I want Canadian kids to feel good about going back to school and planning for their future,” Atwin said. We need them to study engineering, science, sustainable agriculture and critical race theory. We need them to assume their role in the ongoing transition.
“I want them to trust their government and feel comfortable in our demonstrated actions.”