Miguel Cardona, President-elect Biden’s education secretary nominee, recently oversaw the creation of soon-to-be mandated critical race theory courses for high schoolers in Connecticut.
Cardona, in his capacity as education commissioner, made Connecticut the first state in the nation to require all high schools to offer courses on African American, Black, Puerto Rican and Latino studies.
The requirement was implemented by the state’s Board of Education earlier this month under Cardona and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont.
Listed under the courses’ learning objectives, the curricula states the goal is to “Analyze how race, power, and privilege influence group access to citizenship, civil rights, and economic power.”
According to the Connecticut Mirror, the board is hoping that with enough momentum, the courses will go from being a full-year elective to a requirement for all students.
Cardona celebrated the courses being approved by the board, saying in a statement earlier this month, “This curriculum acknowledges that by connecting the story of people of color in the U.S. to the larger story of American history. The fact is that more inclusive, culturally relevant content in classrooms leads to greater student engagement and better outcomes for all.”
Schools may begin offering the courses in the 2021-2022 academic year, but every school will be required to offer them by fall 2022.
Cardona has spent his career in public schools and would be expected to fulfill Biden’s sweeping education reforms, including making public college tuition-free for families that earn less than $125,000 annually.