Texas Bans Marxist Theory In Education

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:30

On Tuesday, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation in a quest to ban the teaching of critical race theory.

In an after-midnight vote, senators approved HB 3979, which provides that teachers, administrators, and other employees of state agencies may not teach concepts such as certain individuals being inherently racist by virtue of their racial identity and that certain people bear responsibility “for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”

The legislation details how and what educators can teach as it relates to the history of the United States. The text of the legislation refrains from actually mentioning “critical race theory” by name, though it does forbid teachers from “requir[ing] or mak[ing] part of a course” the 1619 Project.

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Critical race theory holds that “racism is a normal and ordinary part of our society, not an aberration,” according to a seminar developed by Fordham Law School's Center on Race, Law and Justice.

The 1619 Project, which a group of New York Times reporters created, evaluates the founding of the U.S. through the perspective of slavery, though there are some unanswered questions regarding the factual accuracy of the project.

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The text of the law includes language that bans the teaching of the underpinnings of the 1619 Project, reading, “Slavery and racism are anything other than deviation from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States.”

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Several Republican-led states passed laws preventing the teaching of critical race theory, which claims "racism is a normal and ordinary part of our society, not an aberration," according to a seminar developed by Fordham Law School's Center on Race, Law, and Justice.

The law mandates the teaching of various figures, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements, and the civil rights movement.

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States that have banned or restricted critical race theory or related concepts include Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, while states that have debated and/or partially passed similar legislation are Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Critics of the bans argue that Republicans are using critical race theory as a catch-all term to ban teaching about racism in the United States.

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“The specific references by Republicans to banning Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project make it clear that they want this to be a wedge issue for state and local political races,” declared the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers in a May statement. “The bill is part of a national movement by conservatives trying to sow a narrative of students being indoctrinated by teachers. Our members rightfully have expressed outrage against this insult of their professionalism to provide balanced conversations with students on controversial issues.”

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