What Happens When American Children Learn About Racism? from FiveThirtyEight is a very important review of research about the results of teaching students about racism.
But, even better, it takes a step further and considers – given the benefits to young people – what might be the reasons for public resistance from many (though it is a vocal minority, according to polls) to schools providing this kind of education.
The author, Neil Lewis, Jr., a Cornell University professor, cites additional research and shares this conclusion (which I agree with):
…one reason why so many white Americans, especially white Republicans, might be concerned about the effects of teaching children about racism — and are actively trying to ban such lessons from schools — is a fear about what this type of education might mean for their own power in society. Teaching about racism could lead to greater cross-race coalition building and the expansion of rights and opportunities for racial minorities to participate in key decision-making systems, but that idea is interpreted by some Americans as an existential threat.