(Meredith) – The Texas Senate passed a bill on Friday that will no longer require public schools to teach about slavery or the ideologies and actions of the Ku Klux Klan as “morally wrong”.
Senate Act No. 3 removes a requirement that students understand the “history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong ” be taught.
The bill passed 18: 4 in the Republican-led Senate.
The bill cuts about two dozen curriculum requirements, including studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The works of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez were among the cuts, as was Susan B. Anthony’s writings on the women’s rights movement. Native American history lessons have also been cut.
The bill would not prohibit any of the listed subjects from teaching, nor would it make them part of the curriculum. Each school would be responsible for deciding whether or not to teach these subjects.
Critics say the measure erases the lesson of the important story about race in America. But the Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised the bill, saying in a statement that parents “want their students to learn to think critically and not to disregard them ridiculous left narrative that America and our constitution are rooted in racism. “
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which is also run by the Republicans but does not currently have the minimum number of members to vote. The Democratic members of the House of Representatives left the state earlier this month to block a restrictive voting law.
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