Texas has recently passed a bill that would cut many U.S. history topics in school curriculums, targeting subjects that point to racial inequality within the nation.
Senate Bill 3, says that a “teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”
“Controversial issues” would include topics tied to racism or sexism. More specifically, the bill would restrict educators from labeling the Ku Klux Klan, or white supremacy as “morally wrong” concepts. It would also eliminate requirements to share literary work created by women or people of color, saying explicitly that educational institutions cannot teach “the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong.”
Gov. Greg Abbott shared goals to “abolish critical race theory in Texas.” Although the bill doesn’t directly use the words “critical race theory,” it appears to be a part of the state’s initiative to ban education of racial inequality.
26 other states have pushed similar policies. Later additions to the Texas bill loosen the restrictions, saying that educators can teach “controversial subjects” as long as they include “diverse and contending perspectives,” but many still fear that crucial aspects of history will be erased.