Debate Continues Over Republican Efforts To Limit Critical Race Theory

A bitter debate continues this week over critical race theory in Texas classrooms.

In Austin, state lawmakers are debating a bill that would require school districts to publish a list of all their educational materials. Houston Democrat Harold Dutton told a committee on Tuesday he would not let them vote on the bill, which aims to challenge critical race theory.

Many parents fear that terms such as “race” and “fairness” are being used to promote CRT, a controversial academic framework that often assumes there is systemic racism within the law. Mary Grabar, who has written extensively against CRT, says parents need to be aware of what their children are learning, as these terms are often overlooked by bureaucrats and academics.

“They keep changing the name or they think they can change it and people won’t know the difference or are too ignorant to disprove it,” Grabar said. “But they just need to be vigilant and call him out.”

Melissa Martin of Innovative Teachers of Texas agrees that parents need to take the initiative to learn about their child’s program.

“If parents are still worried, maybe they need to keep an eye on what’s going on in English classes,” Martin said. “Because some of these [terminology] can flow through literature.

As of Wednesday, a new state law states that teachers cannot be compelled to teach CRT. They also cannot be forced to discuss current events. Still, some Republicans say more legislation is needed to ensure transparency.

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