Texas: Legislation Passed – Banning Mandates That Require The Teaching Of Critical Race Theory In School Curriculums

Texas Senate passed House Bill 3979 effectively removing mandates that would force instructors to teach Critical Race Theory in school curriculums, according to The Daily Wire.

House Bill 3979’s next stop will be Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s desk after the approval from the lower chamber.

House Bill 3979 reinforces the importance of teaching students of the founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers.

Also, the bill states that teachers will not be required “to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs.”

If teachers choose to discuss the matter they “shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to anyone perspective[.]”

The bill forbids teaching that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.”

It also prohibits teaching perspectives such as “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”

“Last nite [sic] & into the morning, Texas Senate debated #CriticalRaceTheory,” Bryan Hughes stated.

“We must teach the truth about our history, & judge others based on the content of character & not the color of skin.”

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said, “House Bill 3979 makes certain that critical race philosophies, including the 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide.”

“When parents send their children to school, they want their students to learn critical thinking without being indoctrinated with misinformation charging that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.”

“Texans roundly reject the ‘woke’ philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist.”

“Educators opposed to the bill say kids seek out clarity on current events from instructors, who they view as a trusted source of information, and if passed, would stop teachers from pushing their students to think critically about the world.”

Meghan Dougherty said, “Just the fear of that alone is going to prevent teachers from really delving into a lot of these topics.”

“It’s not that teachers are trying to indoctrinate students, it’s that they are trying to help students understand these issues, help them understand the different perspectives and facilitate positive, productive conversations in the classroom around these issues.”

Mark Wiggins said, “By telling teachers what and how to teach and ordering the [Texas Education Agency] to play police, HB 3979 may be one of the most disrespectful bills to teachers I’ve seen the [Texas Legislature] dignify with debate. Teachers will remember come November.”

From The Daily Wire:

Teachers also shall not be compelled by any state agency or school administration “to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs,” the bill further stipulates, adding that when teachers choose to discuss such topics, they “shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to anyone perspective[.]”

Though critical race theory is not explicitly named in the bill, it goes on to forbid teaching that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,” or that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” as well as the idea that meritocracy and work ethic “are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.”

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