“We were given a 24-page document with recommendations from a workgroup that looked at kindergarten through second grade,” Davis continued. “And within the second-grade standards, that is where I found that they were proposing we talk about their journey using the phrase ‘involuntary relocation.'”
The suggested language comes as the concept of teaching teoría crítica de la raza in US classrooms has become a contentious debate involving parents
, school boards and lawmakers across the country
The notion seeks to understand and address inequality and racism in America
. The term has also become politicized and been attacked by its critics as a Marxist ideology that’s a threat to the American way of life
According to Davis, there was some discussion from Texas Education Agency about “why they chose that language.”
“They wanted to make sure to introduce slavery at a younger grade level, but they wanted to be sure that they were being intentionally careful with age-appropriateness,” Davis dijo.
Davis added that while she understands the age element in this case, it’s crucial that students are being taught the truth about American history.
“We need to think of appropriate ways to discuss it that doesn’t diminish what happened during the slave trade,” ella notó.
“How do we continue to put more of these types of stories into our social studies classes, and how we make sure our younger students do have access to this, and it is age-appropriate, pero al mismo tiempo, it is building a foundation of truthful knowledge that our students really really really deserve to know.”
Curriculum will not hide slavery, board chair says
Davis believes that Proyecto de ley del senado 3 enacted last year likely impacted educators
’ discussion over the curriculum
. La Ley — which Davis described as
“the anti-critical race theory bill
” — reshaped how social studies teachers can discuss race and current events in their classrooms
“(La factura) specifically says that you cannot make a student feel uncomfortable, and so they were given a copy of this law as they were doing the review and a lot of the products that we received. It looks like it’s a reflection from some of the things that were in that law,” Davis explained.
Ellis, the board chair, reaffirmed to CNN that students will be taught the true history of slavery.
“There was not and is not a proposal from the State Board of Education that would in any way aim to hide the truth from Texas second graders about slavery.”
He reiterated that the term “involuntary relocation” does not “paint a clear or full picture” of African people who were enslaved.
“Como resultado, la (Junta) voted unanimously to send the language back to be reworked. This board is committed to the truth, which includes accurate descriptions of historical events.
“Our state’s curriculum will not downplay the role of slavery in American history,” él agregó.
The topic of slavery is not currently addressed in the second-grade curriculum, Ellis noted.
“This work is meant to address that deficiency. And it’s important to reiterate that the (Junta) has final say over the draft language produced by any of the working groups,” él dijo.