Given the story about teachers in Texas being told to remove books about the Holocaust if they can't find pro-Holocaust texts, re-upping this overview about how the anti-CRT moral panic is making teaching an impossible job.…
Southlake already stood out. After a viral video of students laughing while shouting the N word at a party, students pushed for diversity training. The backlash was so strong that the school board was voted out.
(200K was spent by their opponents).…
A teacher at Southlake was reprimanded after she gave an anti-racist book to a student. The school district cleared her of wrongdoing, but the school board punished her anyway. The parents who made the complaint had donated to school board members.
The punishment of the teacher sharing an anti-racist book provides the direct context where administrators are telling teachers: “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”…
You are going to see those who pushed anti-CRT laws saying "that's not what we mean" or "thats not what is in the law." But such laws are intended to make teachers vulnerable to exactly to the sort of policing of their job that occurred in Southlake. Their response is rational.
Attacking the individual school administrators trying to implement the new Texas anti-CRT laws only serves to draw attention away from the fact that the law is absurd. Outrage would be better directed at the fact that school officials are being put in this situation.

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