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Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin said Saturday that he would “ban” the teaching of critical race theory on his first day in office if he is elected the next governor of the Commonwealth.

Youngkin’s remarks came as he spoke about the educational reforms that would apply if he was elected to implement it in the state.

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“We all know that education begins with the curriculum,” Youngkin told his supporters at a rally on Saturday. “We will all teach history, the good and the bad.”

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“America has great chapters and it’s the greatest country in the world, but there are also some important chapters in our history that we must teach,” Youngkin said, noting that under his administration, children were not “to see everything.” will be taught. A lens of race.”

“We know we have it wrong in our hearts,” Youngkin said. “Dr. Martin Luther King told us to judge each other based on the content of our character, not the color of our skin. So, on day one, I would ban the important race theory in our schools.”

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin attends a debate with Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.  (The Associated Press)

a Granthshala news poll found earlier this month that a strong majority of Virginia parents said they should tell the schools What to teach your kids amid high-profile controversies over transgender policies and critical race theory in state schools.

Opponents of academic theory known as the Critical Race Theory protest outside the Loudoun County School Board headquarters on June 22, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia.

The education debate has reached a fever pitch in Northern Virginia, where parents have turned out in large numbers to express concern about COVID-19 policies, transgender policies, and more. critical race theory, a framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society in order to discover “systemic racism” beneath the surface. Some parents have called CRT divisive, claiming that it encourages white students to view themselves as oppressors.

Granthshala News’ Tyler O’Neill contributed to this story.