School of Woke

How Critical Race Theory Infiltrated American Schools and Why We Must Reclaim Them


By Kenny Xu

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From one of America’s most relentless critics of Critical Race Theory comes this far-reaching, on-the-ground investigation of how CRT infiltrated our public schools and transformed them into activism factories—with disastrous results.

Awareness of the rise of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools and how it has shaped our education system took the U.S. by storm over the last few years. Parents truly became aware for the first time how deeply entrenched CRT was in the classrooms, and their eyes were opened to the insidious agenda thoroughly embedded in public schools. As a result, CRT and parental rights in education became some of the most explosive issues facing Americans today.
Kenny Xu is a perceptive and relentless critic of CRT and our culture’s war on meritocracy. And now, in School of Woke, Xu exposes how CRT is transforming public schools and having a destructive impact on our children’s education—and their future.
In School of Woke, Xu provides historical context to the rise of Critical Race Theory in education, tracing it back to elite graduate schools in the 1970s and showing how the ideology became institutionalized and credentialed. Xu covers the battles taking place in the most problematic and contested school districts in the nation, including Loudoun and Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia and Santa Barbara High School in California. He also exposes the lucrative business model behind the diversity consulting industrial complex that is instrumental in the curricular wars, revealing how educators and administrators have been gaslighting the public about the prevalence of this radical ideology in the classrooms, where children as young as five are being segregated in the classroom by race and are being taught that whiteness is inherently evil.
A work of colorful reportage, historical analysis, and cultural commentary, School of Woke reveals what it will take to extricate our next generation from the destructive trends in our once-vaunted public school education system.

  • "Nowhere do Americans most prevalently feel our slide towards victimhood than in the field of education. Kenny Xu makes a compelling case that teachings of racial division are having a destructive impact on the very minority kids they claim to serve."
    Vivek Ramaswamy, bestselling author of Woke, Inc., Nation of Victims, and 2024 presidential candidate
  • "Over the past few years, the nation’s schools have been consumed by heated debates about race, gender, and parental rights. In School of Woke, Kenny Xu explains what’s at stake in these fights and offers an energetic and timely critique of progressive dogmas."
    Frederick M. Hess, Senior fellow and the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • "Kenny Xu’s book is a hard look at a big mess we have gotten ourselves into. A clarion call to reform the way we educate this nation’s kids."
    Douglas Murray, bestselling author of The War on the West and contributor for The Spectator
  • "Kenny Xu’s School of Woke is a crystal clear, no nonsense, and vitally important explanation of Critical Race Theory and its consequences. It is an indispensable guide to understanding what’s happening to our academies and with our youth. But beyond educating readers about Critical Race Theory’s history, the assault on merit and identity, and the glorification of victimhood, it will also teach you how to fight back. If you want to defeat this aspect madness that’s infecting our educational system, School of Woke is for you."
    Peter Boghossian, How to Have Impossible Conversations

On Sale
Aug 1, 2023
Page Count
256 pages
Center Street

Kenny Xu

About the Author

Kenny Xu is a renowned public commentator on education, minority achievement, and Critical Race Theory. He is the author of An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for American Meritocracy, and has written for the Wall Street JournalCity Journal, National Review, Newsweek, the New York Post, New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Daily Signal, Quillette, and the Washington Examiner, and appeared on the Honestly with Bari Weiss podcast, among others. He is the president of Color Us United and a current  recipient of the prestigious Novak Journalism Fellowship and the Government Accountability Institute Fellowship, from which the research for this book originated.

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