Kevin Roberts only took office as the new President of the Heritage Foundation on December 1, but his education-focused program for the legendary think tank could change how Conservatives approach Critical Race Theory. [tweet_embed] January 5, 2022[/tweet_embed] “The greatest fruit of the debate over critical race theory isn't merely that conservatives are winning that debate and thankfully rooting out CRT in a lot of schools,” Roberts told the Washington Examiner. “It's that in the process of doing so, we have recognized that we can use this overreach by the radical Left to remind Americans what education should truly be about.” Critical Race Theory, which asserts that American institutions and culture are systemically racist and skin color dictates status as either victim or oppressor, has been the origin of continuous national discussion due to its presence in public schools. Democratic politicians and Liberal activists have repeatedly claimed that the theory is not taught in schools, despite ever-increasing contradictory proof, and have outspokenly opposed Republican lawmakers and governors who have pushed to pass legislation prohibiting CRT from public schools in numerous states. [tweet_embed] January 5, 2022[/tweet_embed] But as Conservative activists and Republican politicians have had some success in pushing CRT out of schools, the void created by its absence has Conservatives like Roberts eyeing classical education as its natural replacement. Having been classically taught “at a public high school in Louisiana of all places,” Roberts said that education, when understood fully, is about “formation of the soul, and in a nonsectarian sense, a formation of the citizen, which our founders understood to be one and the same.” “It's great to see that in the private sector, charter schools, private schools, a rebirth of classical schools in this country,” Roberts said. “But I’m also really excited that in public charter schools, we’re seeing many of those curricula adopted.” But as classical education emerges as a possible answer to Critical Race Theory and other Liberal curricula, Roberts noted that his political allies haven’t always appreciated the age-old study of Aristotle, Socrates, Virgil, and Homer. [tweet_embed] January 5, 2022[/tweet_embed] “I've been frustrated, frankly, with the limited appreciation that so many conservative friends have for great books, classical education,” Roberts said. “And it isn't that they're ill-intentioned, it's that they may not have been exposed to that, as I had the privilege of.” The Heritage President said that classical education should replace Critical Race Theory because education is not just about teaching students “hard technical skills that allows [one] to get a job or that allows a student to do well on the standardized test.” “The reason I believe that classical education should replace [CRT] is because it puts the focus where it needs to be, which is on the formation of the student,” he said.