Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education should prioritize reading, writing and math, not “critical race theory,” a doctrine that posits that racism underpins America’s history, laws and institutions.
“We’re saying hold on a second. … Children have lost a full year. You’d think we’d want to be focused on the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic,” Sliwa, a father of three public school students, told The Post on Tuesday ahead of the 11 a.m. press conference on the controversial topic.
Sliwa will join Public Advocate candidate Tony Herbert, former congressional candidate Scherie Murray and others in Lower Manhattan to call attention to their claim that “critical race theory” is “starting to creep into the curriculum” at city public schools, the Republican mayoral candidate said.
“Everything is in reverse in what it should be, now that finally our children are able to get back into a classroom,” the Guardian Angels founder said in a phone interview.
“This is dividing us, this is not uniting us,” he added of racism’s history in the United States being taught in schools.
“If anything, it’s creating a situation in which you have people who are just fixated on guilt.”