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By Pete Ricketts
Nebraska Governor 

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June 30, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” 

For generations, Nebraskans have supported our public schools to do just this—to help build the next generation of educated and involved citizens in our state. 

To that end, our public schools have generally focused on teaching material that supports our communities, and have steered away from hot button political issues.

Here in Nebraska, the Department of Education does not r...

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Reader Comments(1)

Citizen2021 writes:

You do know that those same founding fathers all owned slaves, right? That the freedom that this country was built upon excluded the freedom of slaves (of whom the majority were black people) and of native people. I don't understand how an opposition to critical race theory can be based on statements that it rewrites the history of the founding of America. It absolutely does not do that. It simply illuminates the whole truth, including what that freedom cost the people who were not white.


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