Austin, Texas (AP) — Texas public schools describe slavery to sophomores as "involuntary relocation" under new social studies standards proposed by the state school board. To do.
According to the Texas Tribune, a group of nine educators submitted ideas to the State Board of Education as part of Texas' efforts to develop a new social studies curriculum. The once-in-a-decade process updates children's learning at about 8,900 public schools in the state.
The Board is considering changing the curriculum a year after Texas passed a law that excludes topics from schools that "feel uncomfortable" for students.
Dallas and Fort Worth's leading Democrat, Aicha Davis, expressed concern at a meeting on June 15 that the term did not fairly represent the slave trade. .. The board sent the draft back for revision and urged a group of educators to "carefully examine the language used to describe the event."
"I can't say what their intentions were, but that wouldn't be acceptable," Davis told Texas Tribune Thursday.
Some of the proposed draft criteria obtained by the Texas Tribune are for students to "go to the United States, including voluntary colonial Irish immigrants and non-voluntary African immigrants. "Compare the journeys of Africa."
Texas' public education system has been severely politicized in recent years, and legislators have passed legislation that regulates how race and slavery should be taught in schools and conservative groups. , Is pouring a lot of money into the school board race.
Texas drew attention to a similar situation in 2015 when students noticed the wording of textbooks calling slaves brought to the United States "workers." The book publisher apologized and promised to increase the number of textbook reviewers.