For folks writing about CRT and education: education has always (always!) been political. Whether we're talking about who gets educated, the purpose of education, or the content or style of education. Every single bit of it is political, hence subject to being propaganda.
For example, yesterday we talked about the extension of the right to vote to white males--extending the right to vote caused a crisis in education. Reformers argued that if we were going to have universal white male suffrage, then we needed universal white male education.
When systems of public education were developed they were supported by arguments by conservatives like Daniel Webster who saw education as "a wise and liberal system of police" and radicals who argued that education was the path to equality.
For another example, read this essay by education theorist Henry Giroux from 1992. It's written as universities were bowing to pressure from conservatives to change the curriculum away from the humanities & liberal arts and toward business & STEM: journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.310…
Here are a few excerpts:
I'm with Giroux: what kind of education will best serve the cause of democracy? That's what we should be teaching.
Read the Giroux quotes and/or essay and you'll see just how desperate and anti-democratic and facile these critiques of CRT really are. CRT is part of democratic education, no law can stop that--nor should any democracy want to.
Once again the right has dominated the terms of debate. They do it every time we talk about education. Every damn time.
Don't argue the CRT good/bad claim--that framing is their framing. Debate a different claim, one centered on what kind of education is best for democracy. Make it a values debate, not a policy debate. Policy comes from applying values. What values does banning CRT serve?

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