Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Law Preventing Teaching of Critical Race Theory in Public Schools

From WWW.THEEPOCHTIMES.COM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Tuesday, preventing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and The 1619 Project from being taught in public schools in the Lone Star State.

Abbott didn’t make any comments when signing the bill, but said he supports it and would sign it into law.

“Texans roundly reject the ‘woke’ philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said when the bill passed the state Senate last month.

“These abhorrent concepts have erupted in our culture in an effort to divide us. Unfortunately, they are cropping up in Texas classrooms, even in elementary schools,” Patrick added.

The bill, HB 3979 (pdf), doesn’t mention CRT by name but states that teachers, employees of state agencies, school districts, or open-enrollment charter schools may not “require or make part of a course” similar tenets or concepts, such as an individual is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive” by virtue of race or sex; or an individual “bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”

Teachers or school districts also cannot require an understanding of The 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project was published by The New York Times and attempts to cast the Atlantic slave trade as the dominant factor in the founding of America instead of ideals such as individual liberty and natural rights.

The bill lists a series of historical texts which can be taught in classrooms, such as the founding documents of the Unit… (Read more)