The Texas Senate passed a bill on Saturday that would stop schools and other agencies from teaching concepts related to critical race theory.
House Bill 3979 says in part that teachers may not be “compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”
Without mentioning critical race theory by name, the bill added those who teach about social events “shall, to the best of the teacher’s ability, strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective.”
The bill also requires teachers to “not require or make part of a course” the concepts that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,” that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” and that meritocracy and work ethic “are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race,” according to the legislation reported by the Washington Examiner.
Last nite & into the morning, Texas Senate debated #CriticalRaceTheory.
We must teach the truth about our history, & judge others based on the content of character & not the color of skin.
Honored to pass #HB3979 on behalf of Sen. @CreightonForTX. #txlege @Toth_4_Texas pic.twitter.com/ojPEXqR0lt
— Senator Bryan Hughes (@SenBryanHughes) May 22, 2021
To date, five states have passed policies related to critical race theory. Many others are considering similar measures.
The bill now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. He is expected to sign HB3979 into law.
The Texas Senate has become one of several states to join push back to critical race theory as part of public education. The controversial theory has become an important discussion as the nation faces several high-profile race-related issues in recent months.