In addition, Wichgers testified to a list of additional terms and concepts that would be prohibited under the bill. The canceled concept list is almost 90 items long and includes anti-racism, centering or de-centering, critical pedagogy, equity, implicit bias, normativity, patriarchy, racial prejudice, systems of power and oppression, and woke.

Under the bill, school districts and charter schools would lose 10% of their state funding for violating the ban through either classroom instruction or professional development. This, even though no school in Wisconsin is known to be teaching critical race theory. Should this bill pass the Senate and survive a likely veto from the governor, future Wisconsin teachers will need an entire course just to learn what they are forbidden to teach about in their classroom.

Back in March, Christopher Rufo, a conservative activist who was at the fore of the anti-CRT movement, tweeted “The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory.’ We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.” That promise has apparently been fulfilled, as anti-CRT activists and legislators have redefined the term so broadly as to be nearly meaningless.