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critical race theory : explore that topic objectively and without political bias

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Identifying the issue.
A bill signed into law by Republicans restricts how race, Slavery, and history are taught
in Texas schools. Teachers are prohibited from discussing "a widely debated and currently
controversial issue of public policy or social affairs" under the so-called "critical race theory"
law. The law, which took effect on December 2, 2021, aims to keep "critical race theory" out of
Texas public schools. The law stipulates that each school must have at least one teacher and one
campus administrator complete civics training by the 2025-26 school year (Lopez). The law does
not define what constitutes a contentious issue. If teachers choose to discuss these issues, they
must "explore that topic objectively and without political bias."
Various groups have proposed solutions.
Different groups, including educational institutions, educators, and legislators, have
proposed various ideas, some of which have already been implemented in Texas, to address the
issue of race and slavery education. The Leander school district, for example, updated some of
its history curricula to include more perspectives and voices from women and Native Americans,
as well as Black, Asian, and Latino communities. In addition, the school district offers an
American Experience course that explores various cultural perspectives. According to students
and educators in the TEACH Coalition of advocates for teaching the history of racism, Slavery,
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and colonialism, the legislation has softened classroom debates in courses such as African
American Studies in other parts of Texas. Educators have expressed both concern and opposition
to the situation. The TEACH Coalition has kept up its fight against the laws, sending Attorney
General Ken Paxton a letter containing input from more than 80 students from across the state
(Lopez). A Republican lawmaker asked Paxton if "anti-racism" education in schools could be
unconstitutional. ".... Some educators are also continuing anti-racism discussions outside of the
classroom through organizations like the Austin-based Educators in Solidarity."
Students were engaged in these conversations, according to one of the students who did
not give her last name for fear of retaliation from her school district and community. They were
all learning from each other. She claimed that the discussion created a compassionate, safe
environment, but students haven't had any such talks since the bill's passage. This shows that
students from all over Texas want the subject to be taught and discussed in various institutions.
There have also been attempts to create new Native American and Asian American studies
courses. "Efforts in certain North Texas school districts to design new courses on Native
American and Asian American studies have halted as a result of concerns about the new rules,"
said a Democrat on the State Board of Education who represents parts of the Dallas area
(Fearnow).
The Government's Contribution to the Problem Solving
Texas has taken action to ensure that the issue is addressed by enacting legislation that
addresses how race, Slavery, and history are taught in Texas schools. The law passed the senate
and was delivered to the governor for signature. House Bill 3979, which compels the State Board
of Education to establish new teaching curriculum requirements about how Slavery and racial
subjugation are taught in social studies schools, was approved by the Senate on Saturday. Critical
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