A Texas school district superintendent told teachers that if they kept books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they would also have to provide “opposing” views in order to obey the new state law.
In a video presentation obtained by NBC News, Gina Peddy, director of education and counseling for the Carroll County suburb in Southlake, gave advice to teachers during the training of textbooks that teachers can store in class libraries.
“We’re in the middle of a political crisis, and you’re in the middle of a political crisis, and so we just have to do our best,” Peddy said.
The training came after Carroll’s school board reprimanded a fourth-grade teacher after parents complained about a textbook anti-racism in her classroom. And following the passage of Texas’s new law requires educators addressing “widespread and current controversial public or legal issues” to examine issues from different perspectives without giving “respect to any opinion”.
In training, Peddy instructed teachers to keep in mind the requirements of the new law, such as the radio. “And make it a point that if you have a book about the Holocaust,” he said, “that you have one that contradicts, with other views,” that led the teacher to ask how one could challenge the Holocaust.
The district superintendent, Dr Lane Ledbetter, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A district spokesman told NBC News that it was trying to help teachers comply with the law as teachers were “in a dangerous situation with current legal requirements”. International education experts told NBC News that the bill has nothing to do with class libraries.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that the law, HB 3979, is an attempt to eliminate the serious doctrine of competition in schools. This course is an educational program that explores the mechanisms that deal with discrimination in U.S. and regional laws, but has not yet been taught in US secondary schools.
However, school board meetings across the US have seen protests over the national race in recent months and lawmakers around the country have pushed for laws that would ban the doctrine of “racist racism” with headlines such as the New York Times’s 1619 Plan.
Twenty-two countries had passed or considered laws banning or regulating discourse on race and discrimination in public student schools since August. In July, Iowa issued a law banning teachers from teaching internal studies that could lead to “instability, guilt, frustration, or any other form of emotional distress due to that person’s race or sex”. Florida passed a law earlier this year banning severe racism, which says “racism is not only a product of racism, but that racism is deeply rooted in American society and its legal system in order to promote white supremacy”.
Propaganda on the seriousness of tribalism, as well as outrage over Covid’s ban, has shaken school board meetings around the world, prompting the National School Boards Association to call on Joe Biden for co-operative assistance in responding to threats of violence against board members and education officials.