The Texas legislature thinks Critical Race Theory isn’t…critical.
To teach, that is.
On Saturday, the state Senate passed a bill banning such curriculum.
Last nite & into the morning, Texas Senate debated #CriticalRaceTheory.
We must teach the truth about our history, & judge others based on the content of character & not the color of skin.
Honored to pass #HB3979 on behalf of Sen. @CreightonForTX. #txlege @Toth_4_Texas pic.twitter.com/ojPEXqR0lt
— Senator Bryan Hughes (@SenBryanHughes) May 22, 2021
As noted by the The Texas Tribune, “The support in the chamber came over opposition from dozens of education, business and community groups.”
One foe: Mark Wiggins, lobbyist for the Association of Professional Educators.
To hear him tell it, the ban’s downright disrespectful:
By telling teachers what and how to teach and ordering TEA to play police, HB 3979 may be one of the most disrespectful bills to teachers I've seen the #txlege dignify with debate.
— Mark Wiggins (@MarkWigginsTX) May 22, 2021
As for Senate affirmation, it was no surprise — the upper chamber had already given the Thumbs Up to a similar proposal.
A teacher of specified social studies, history, and government courses could not be compelled to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs. A teacher who chose to discuss such topics would have to, to the best of the teacher’s ability, strive to explore those topics from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective.
Furthermore, no course can espouse any of the following:
- one race or sex was inherently superior to another race or sex
- an individual by virtue of the individual’s race or sex was inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously
- an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of the individual’s race or sex
- members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex
- an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by the individual’s race or sex
- an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bore responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex
- an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex
- meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.
The bill also champions an understanding of the nation’s founding according to its actual documents, as well as “the fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government.”
To those who attended school long ago, all of the above may seem a given. However, in case you’ve been paying no attention, schools have changed a smidge.
Cases in point:
Other states are taking on Critical Race Theory, too.
In April, Idaho became the first to 86 CRT.
Tennessee’s eyeing the same.
Back to Texas, it’s transforming.
As for Saturday’s vote, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick heaped praise:
“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.”
Consider the Longhorn State unwoke:
“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.”
And if that doesn’t wet your whistle, here’s transformative news that will…on May 12th, something wondrous occurred:
Greg Abbott Announces Legalization of To-Go Alcohol in Texashttps://t.co/AJTnlY1nm5
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) May 12, 2021
Hopefully, people won’t booze it up in the car and put the pedal to the metal.
Someone could get hurt in that…Critical…Race.
Just a Theory.
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