A so-called activist school teacher in Texas, who was angered by the state’s passage of a House bill banning the teaching of critical race theory, has called for educators across the state to break the law and teach the controversial curriculum anyway.
The unidentified teacher, who calls herself Ms. Magoo, posted a TikTok video on June 19, where she ranted about the unfairness of being unable to teach the controversial critical race theory in the wake of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday.
“Teachers, in the past we’ve been activists, and after this sh**show last year, we really need to stand up and do this for our kids right now,” she said. “This is a call to action. We need to stand up and fight for our kids…”
The video was posted on the Mythinformed Twitter account, a Wisconsin-based non-profit group that promotes secularism and encourages individuals and organizations to “promote viewpoint diversity in the social and political landscape.”
Texas teacher laments a new law which she says prevents her from teaching Critical Race Theory next fall.
She says teachers are already activists & claims this law demands teachers lie to students. Her call to action:
Hinting that teachers should disobey the law en masse. pic.twitter.com/DggKpcWNKD
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) June 22, 2021
On June 15, Abbott signed House Bill 3979, and Texas became the sixth U.S. state to ban the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.
The law, which does not mention CRT by name, goes into effect on Sept. 1 and prohibits instruction of The New York Times’ 1619 Project, as well as prohibits any instruction in grades K-12 that marginalizes students based on their race or gender, thereby making students feel guilty or cause mental anguish.
The new law, which mirrors laws passed in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho, and Florida, allows educators to teach on race relations through the use of historical documents, such as Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the National Mall in August 1963, King’s “Letters From a Birmingham Jail, writings by former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and writings related to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and the marginalization of Native Americans, the Daily Wire reported.
Schools are also allowed to teach on the history of white supremacy but do not limit that teaching to the institution of slavery or the creation of the Ku Klux Klan.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, CRT is not a biological construct, but a social construct used as a tool to oppress, specifically by whites, adding that proponents of the idea believe the laws in the U.S. are designed to be “inherently racist,” specifically against blacks.
The teaching of CRT in public schools has not only spurred state lawmakers into action but also ignited so-called parent-led rebellions demanding accountability and that led to the creation of more than 150 national groups speaking out against the curriculum.
“Parents are right to revolt against critical race theory in the classroom,” says Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. “Children are not inherently ‘oppressors’ and should not be implicated for historical crimes on the basis of their race. That’s the kind of propaganda that belongs in a Soviet history museum—not American K-12 classrooms.”
Other states considering a ban on teaching CTR include Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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