Texas Republicans are currently working to outlaw critical race theory in their state’s classrooms — and they just took a massive step forward in that effort.
According to The Hill, the Texas Senate passed a bill last week that would bar schools in the state from requiring teachers to peddle critical race theory to their students.
Teachers who do choose to discuss topics including race relations must do so “from a diverse and contending perspective without giving deference to any one perspective” under the bill, The Hill notes.
“Rooted in racism”
The measure, Texas House Bill 3979, first passed in the state legislature’s lower chamber earlier this month. The Texas state Senate passed a revised version of the legislation on Saturday, and it needs to be passed in the House again before it makes its way to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, The Hill notes.
In a statement, the state’s lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick (R), said the bill ensures students aren’t “indoctrinated with misinformation” by the public school system.
“House Bill 3979 makes certain that critical race philosophies, including the 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide,” Patrick said.
“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,” he added.
Patrick went on: “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.”
What is CRT?
A number of GOP-led states have also taken steps to ensure that critical race theory, which reportedly maintains that racism has clouded America since its founding, doesn’t make its way into the school curriculum.
Fox News reports: “Often compared by critics to actual racism, [critical race theory] is a school of thought that generally focuses on how power structures and institutions impact racial minorities.”
According to Fox, “advocates of these ideas view the world through the lens of power relationships and societal structures rather than individuals.”
A number of state attorneys general are turning up the pressure on the Biden administration to get behind their efforts to quash critical race theory, but the White House has thus far resisted the calls.