At the San Francisco Chronicle, Jack Schneider and Jennifer C. Berkshire detail how the current ginned-up “controversy” on critical race theory in public schools, where it is not a thing, can be traced back to Ronald Reagan’s hostility to funding the public good. A snippet (emphasis added):
Across the country, Republicans are using the Reagan playbook to roll out a manufactured crisis in the schools. As some observers have noted, many of the staunchest opponents of critical race theory can’t point to a single example of its use in the schools — they can’t even define what it is. That’s because they don’t actually care.
What matters, instead, is generating enough ill will to drive forward the only education policy Ronald Reagan ever cared about: privatization.