Anti-Defamation League launches Review of Education Content
Fox News Digital investigation
Bill Jacobson, the founder of Legal Insurrection, said the ADL’s lesson plans ‘reflect how ADL has lost its way’
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The Anti-Defamation League announced in a statement that the organization is reviewing its education content after a Fox News Digital investigation into the curriculum it offers to teachers and students.
A Fox News Digital investigation found that the ADL — which was originally founded more than 100 years ago to combat the anti-Semitic defamation of American Jews — included concepts from critical race theory (CRT) as well as far-left ideas within its education wing.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, an ADL spokesperson stated that they don’t teach critical race theory but admitted how some of their curriculum materials are “misaligned” with their values:
“ADL is guided by a mission statement that was written when the organization was founded in 1913: our purpose is to ‘stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.’ This mission compels us to fight antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and prejudice, from virulent anti-Zionism to vicious xenophobia. In service to our mission, we have developed anti-bias and anti-hate education programs over the past four decades. These programs are designed to educate students and help them confront hate. We are proud we have helped millions of children across America learn to challenge bias, discrimination, and hate against all people.
We do not teach Critical Race Theory, period.
That said, we are far from perfect and clearly there is content among our curricular materials that is misaligned with ADL’s values and strategy. We intend to address this issue immediately and openly. We are moving to launch a thorough review of our education content. We will review the findings and implement a process to update them appropriately and expeditiously. We will get this right.”
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The reach of the ADL’s education wing is expansive. According to the ADL’s website, in 2021, more than 46,000 educators participated in its anti-bias training and 4.8 million K-12 students were reached through its education tools and programs.
Districts around the country pay the ADL’s World of a Difference Institute Training Program tens of thousands of dollars for its anti-bias training. For example, Fox News Digital previously reported that the Clark County School District in Nevada agreed to pay the ADL $75,000 over three years for “anti-bias professional learning for students and staff.” In California, a district that proposed the implementation of the program met backlash from parents who accused it of peddling CRT.
The information from this article was found in the ADL Education’s lesson plans, which are available online for teachers to voluntarily use.
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