‘Teach the truth’: Central Texas educators protest efforts to prohibit teaching of critical race theory

House Bill 3979 aimed at keeping critical race theory out of public schools
Current and retired educators and community leaders gathered in Bell County to protest House Bill 3979.
Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 6:04 PM CDT
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - The Bell County Democratic party rallied current and retired educators, in addition to community leaders, outside the county courthouse to protest what some perceive to be efforts to eliminate the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.

Critical race theory is a school of thought that analyzes how racism impacts politics, culture and society in the United States.

House Bill 3979, aimed at prohibiting teachers from teaching critical race theory in the classroom, was passed by both the Texas House and Senate and sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. The governor has not yet signed the bill into law.

Supporters of HB3979 argue it is needed to ensure teachers do not push a political ideology in classrooms, but critics of the bill say it will “white wash” the state’s history of pre-Civil War slavery and discrimination prior to the civil rights era.

Gov. Abbott has signed a bill making the “1836 Project” law. That bill would promote patriotic education and “Texas exceptionalism.”

The teachers who rallied outside the county courthouse on Saturday said it is their job to teach “accurate and honest history.”

One teacher said they want to raise awareness about the “dangers of lying to students about the existence and persistence of structural and systemic racism.”

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