The Texas State Senate has passed a bill banning the states schools from mandating that instructors teach critical race theory.
House Bill 3979 which passed the Texas House of Representative in early May will be on its way to the governor’s desk after the House of Representatives approves the changes to the legislation the Senate made.
From The Daily Wire:
The bill stresses the importance of learning about the founding of the U.S. by referencing original documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, according to the text of the bill.
Teachers also shall not be compelled by any state agency or school administration “to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs,” the bill further stipulates, adding that when teachers choose to discuss such topics, they “shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to anyone perspective[.]”
Though critical race theory is not explicitly named in the bill, it goes on to forbid teaching that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,” or that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” as well as the idea that meritocracy and work ethic “are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.”
“Last nite [sic] & into the morning, Texas Senate debated #CriticalRaceTheory,” Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes said Saturday. “We must teach the truth about our history, & judge others based on the content of character & not the color of skin.”
Last nite & into the morning, Texas Senate debated #CriticalRaceTheory.
We must teach the truth about our history, & judge others based on the content of character & not the color of skin.
Honored to pass #HB3979 on behalf of Sen. @CreightonForTX. #txlege @Toth_4_Texas pic.twitter.com/ojPEXqR0lt
— Senator Bryan Hughes (@SenBryanHughes) May 22, 2021
Critical Race Theory is a philosophy rooted in Marxism that claims America is a racist country today and was a racist country in its inception. This philosophy redefines racism so it is more convenient for political usage. Utah has also recently tackled Critical Race Theory in its own state.