AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas public schools will describe slavery for second-graders as “involuntary resettlement” under new social research standards proposed to the society. state co-educational council.
A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop a new social science curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune. The decade-long process updates what children learn in the state’s nearly 8,900 public schools.
The board is considering curriculum changes a year after Texas passed a law removing topics from schools that make students “feel uncomfortable.”
Board member Aicha Davis, a Democrat representing Dallas and Fort Worth, raised concerns during the June 15 meeting that the term was not a fair representation of the slave trade. rate. The board sent back the draft for revision, urging the education team to “carefully examine the language used to describe events.”
“I can’t say what their intentions were, but that would be unacceptable,” Davis told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.
Part of the draft standard proposed by The Texas Tribune states that students should “compare journeys to America, including voluntary Irish immigration and involuntary resettlement of Africans during colonial times. .”
Texas’ public education system has become heavily politicized in recent years, with lawmakers passing legislation that regulates how race and slavery should be taught in schools and conservation groups. Prime Minister pours large amounts of money into school board races.
Texas drew attention for a similar situation in 2015, when a student noticed wording in a textbook that referred to slaves being brought to the United States as “worker”.. The book’s publisher apologized and promised to increase the number of textbook reviewers in use.