A new bill going through the senate in Texas wants to make it against the law to teach race or sex-based guilt in all public schools.
Senate Bill 2202 is currently being reviewed by the House Public Education Committee and seeks to ban the curriculum of radical ideology that goes along with Critical Race Theory in Texas public schools. The bill goes on to mandate a strong academic focus on the founding documents and ideas of America.
The structure and language of the bill shows a strong understanding of the dangerous ideas that it is looking to stop. In lieu of denouncing Critical Race Theory, by total or in full, the bill is looking to aim at what lawmakers think to be the most divisive ideological components of the theory, especially those which can be directly shown to laud discrimination on the basis of race and or sex.
One section of the bill goes on to detail a litany of specific concepts that “no teacher, administrator, or other employee in any state agency … shall require, or make part of a course.”
The concepts talked about include the following:
- That “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.”
- That “any individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive either consciously or unconsciously.”
- That “an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.”
- That “members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex.”
- That “an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his race or sex.”
- That “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by members of his or her race or sex.”
- That “any individual should feel guilt, anguish, or any form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex.”
- That “meritocracy or traits such as hard work are racist or sexist, or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.”
The bill, also, would make it more difficult for any educator to bring politics into the classroom and would stop schools from making teachers “discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs.”
The House Bill goes even further by stopping school and districts from taking “private funding for the purpose of developing a curriculum, purchasing or selecting curriculum materials, or providing teacher training or professional development for a course” in any of the following areas of study: “Texas history, United States history, world history, government, civics, social studies, or other similar subjects.”
If this bill or the many others like it work in stopping the destructive and pervasive Critical Race Theory, it could lead to a new path forward for the more liberty-minded states.