Republican legislators push bills to whitewash history.
“DeSantis proposes legislation to let parents sue teachers who tell the truth about U.S. history.” – Popular Info
“54 state-level bills around the country that would stifle teaching and learning about race, sex, gender, and American history in schools, universities, and state agencies. Educators who don’t comply could lose already scarce funding—or their jobs. State lawmakers introduced 12 new bills, bringing the total to a staggering 66 educational gag orders for the year in 26 states, 12 of which have passed into law.” – PEN America
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Republicans against honest and accurate education
“Educational Gag Orders report explains South Carolina’s legislation breaks new ground by censoring speech about heritage, culture, religion, and political belief. The implications of this are deeply troubling.
For instance, racism, fascism, and homophobia can all be understood as cultural or political beliefs. Under the bill, educators would be prohibited from describing those who hold such beliefs as bigoted or oppressive. Nor would they permitted to suggest that anti-Semites, for instance, ought to feel discomfort or anguish on account of their anti-Semitism, or that racism reflects poorly on a person’s moral character. In fact, under this bill, it would be illegal for history teachers to make statements condemning or criticizing participants in the regimes of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, since this would seemingly violate the bill’s prohibition against teaching that any group or individual is inherently racist or oppressive by virtue of their political beliefs.” – PEN America
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TakeAway: Use maps and GIFs to explain how Republicans are pushing their version of whitewashed history by threatening teachers with litigation and denying funds to nonprofits.
Speak up for accurate, honest and fully funded public education. FREEDOM TO LEARN.
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