Texas Republicans to Ban Public Schools Teaching History of White Supremacy: “Legislators Need Their Own History Lesson”

Texas’s Senate Bill 3 removes requirements that public schools teach about the history of slavery and white male domination in America.
“HB 3797, which applies to social studies courses, prohibits teachers from discussing issues that might make students ‘feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.'”

“This bill is not about ‘critical race theory,'” Texas state Rep. Erin Zwiener (D) told Ms. “‘Critical race theory’ is this Boogeyman they have identified. What this is about is whitewashing history. Whitewashing our English classes.”

Critical Race Theory Panic: “A Tried and True Playbook Move”

Critical race theory, a framework that aims to teach how racism has shaped U.S. laws and institutions, is being banned in classrooms around the country. Republicans are using critical race theory as a dog whistle to mobilize suburban white voters against Democrats.

“It would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous,” said law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, a founder of critical race theory.

Is the U.S. Saying “No Thanks” to the World’s Best and Brightest?

Due to the dual negative impact of regressive policies as well as COVID-19, the U.S. is currently on track to see the lowest enrollment of new international students since World War II, with much of this lost talent being diverted to the U.K., Canada and Australia.

Yet it is exactly times like these, with growing nationalism and xenophobia, that underscore why America needs to keep its minds and doors open, where American students also learn from their international classmates.

Gendered School Dress Codes Get an F. Here’s What Schools Should Do Instead

Strict, gendered dress codes teach that someone with power can, should and will control the choices girls may make about their bodies and sexuality. The best way to reduce sexual harassment and assault is to do the opposite: Let girls have autonomy over their appearance, and demonstrate that no one should ever get to sexualize anyone else without their consent.