Texas bill bans schools from requiring lessons on Critical Race Theory

By: Alyssa Wilson

On Saturday, the Texas Senate passed a bill that would ban schools from requiring staff to discuss or teach Critical Race Theory to students. The legislation passed in Texas’ lower chamber on May 11, but the House will have to approve it again after the Senate made changes, KXAN reported.  

House Bill 3979 requires teachers who talk about race relations to look at different viewpoints without “giving deference to any one perspective.”  

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said, “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.” 

Dr. Imani Perry, a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, joined Marc Lamont Hill on Black News Tonight to define Critical Race Theory and what the study of it looks like.  

This interview came one day after Representative Vernon Jones, a Black Republican candidate for Georgia’s governor, said he would ban Critical Race Theory if elected. When Hill asked him to define it, he could not.  

RELATED: Rep. Vernon Jones wants to ban Critical Race Theory, can’t define what it is  

Florida, led by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, is another state that does not want the subject taught in schools. In March, DeSantis announced his proposal for a civics education curriculum and said it would not include Critical Race Theory.  

RELATED: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan for civics curriculum will exclude Critical Race Theory 

According to The Hill, Democrats and education advocates say the bill is taking education in the wrong direction. Mark Wiggins, a lobbyist for The Association of Professional Educators, tweeted, “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. Teachers will remember come November.” 

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