THE Texas Senate last week passed a bill that removes the requirement for public schools to teach that the KKK and white supremacy are “morally wrong.”
The new legislation also prohibits teachers from “giving deference to any one perspective” when discussing current events or controversial issues with students.
Texas public schools could no longer be required to teach the KKK is ‘morally wrong’Credit: Corbis – Getty
The bill was passed in the Texas Senate but is stalled in the HouseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Republican lawmakers have pushed the bill, calling for an end to the “ridiculous leftist narrative” that the US is “rooted in racism” in schools.
Texas Senate Bill 3 would remove more than a dozen reading requirements from social studies classes in the state that focus on women and minority groups.
It builds on previous legislation passed in June which outlawed the teaching of critical race theory in Texas.
The previous legislation had included a list of historic figures, events, and documents that would be required for social studies classes.
It originally focused on “historical documents related to the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations” and included the works of Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony.
‘RIDICULOUS LEFTIST NARRATIVE’
The latest wording now only focuses on more vague requirements such as “the history and importance of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964,” as well as the “Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”
It also focuses primarily on “the writings of the founding fathers of the United States.”
“Senate Bill 3 will make certain that critical race philosophies including the debunked 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Texas senate.
“Parents want their students to learn how to think critically, not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.”
State Senator Bryan Hughes, the bill’s author, added that it outlined a “specific reading list doesn’t belong in statute.”
“Not just politicians but teachers and parents and administrators have a say in that process,” Hughes claimed.
Texas Gov Greg Abbott, who signed the initial legislation in June, praised the new proposal as an attack on critical race theory.
Yet state Democrats have hit out that the bill is “tying the hands of our teachers.”
“How could a teacher possibly discuss slavery, the Holocaust, or the mass shootings at the Walmart in El Paso or at the Sutherland Springs church in my district without giving deference to any one perspective?” asked state Senator Judith Zaffirini, Bloomberg Law reports.
The bill was passed in the state senate last Friday by 18-4 but is now stalled in the House after Democrats fled the state earlier this month to delay a bill on voting rights.
The House can’t achieve quorum with the group of more than 50 Democrats waiting out the end of the special session in DC.
They plan to remain in the Capitol until August 6 when the session ends.
The new legislation comes after Donald Trump hit out at critical race theory in an op-ed last month.
The left’s vile new theory preaches that judging people by the color of their skin is actually a good idea.
Trump slammed Joe Biden’s administration for “brainwashing” kids as he called for a “pro-American education” and a ban on CRT.
“Instead of helping young people discover that America is the greatest, most tolerant, and most generous nation in history, it teaches them that America is systemically evil and that the hearts of our people are full of hatred and malice,” Trump wrote.
“The left’s vile new theory preaches that judging people by the color of their skin is actually a good idea.”
Gov Gregg Abbott has praised the billCredit: Getty
It claims controversial topics such as the KKK cannot be taught by ‘giving deference to any one perspective’Credit: Corbis Premium Historical – Getty
The ex-president claims that the theory verges on “psychological abuse” and is not just “immoral” but a “program for national suicide.”
CRT is an academic concept that blossomed in the 1970s and 1980s contending that racism is a social construct.
The notion is that racism extends beyond an individual’s prejudice or bias, and is actually is deeply rooted in legal and government policies and systems, according to Education Week.