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Schools Are Failing to Teach Reconstruction, Report Says

Published on January 12, 2022 in
Scholars say studying the aftermath of the Civil War can help put in context many of the most seminal events in the U.S. in recent years, from the brutal murder of George Floyd by police in 2020 to the voter suppression laws enacted after Black voters played a big role in helping Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be elected President and Vice President in 2020. But despite the timeliness of the era in today’s climate, many students in American schools will not get a full education on Reconstruction until they get to college. In a report produced by the education nonprofit Zinn Education Project, the study’s authors say they are concerned that American children will grow up to be uninformed about a critical period of history that helps explain why full racial equality remains unfulfilled today.
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Critical Race Theory Bans Are a Political Ploy, Students and Teachers Say

Published on June 25, 2021 in
Julie, a Black high-schooler in Fort Worth who prefers not to use her real name, is already having a difficult time in her social studies class. On June 15, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979, which will significantly change the social studies curriculum and civics instruction in public schools across the state. The bill says, among other things, that educators cannot teach students that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
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‘Anti-democratic’: Some teachers blast new laws targeting discussions of race in schools

Published on June 25, 2021 in
For middle school American history teacher Daniel Santos, discussing racial inequality is a necessary part of his lesson plan. Santos, who teaches at a public school in Houston, said that his students are inquisitive, asking him about current events like George Floyd's death and the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, for instance. He said students wanted to connect these moments to other pieces of U.S. history, such as the Jim Crow era and voter suppression efforts.
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Teachers Say GOP’s Critical Race Theory Bills ‘Whitewash American History’

Published on June 24, 2021 in
Public school teachers in states where new laws could prevent them from teaching about systemic racism and white privilege are incensed — and say they just want to teach the truth.
“If I’m gonna teach the real history of the United States of America, there are some realities that need to be included — like systemic racism,” said Christopher Green, who teaches U.S. history to eighth-graders in San Antonio, Texas.
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Utahns Split Over Critical Race Theory, Teaching About Racism

Published on June 21, 2021 in
A controversy over critical race theory is raging across the United States and Utah is no exception, even though the concept is not part of the state curriculum for public K-12 schools. In May, Republican legislators in the House and Senate passed identical resolutions recommending that the State Board of Education review curriculum standards and take out any concepts that say one race is inherently superior or inferior to another, which they claim is part of critical race theory, or CRT.
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Michael Meeropol: In Praise Of Teachers Who Resist Censorship

Published on June 18, 2021 in
How many readers have heard of the Zinn Education Project? I am chagrined to report that though it has been doing its good work for over ten years, I just learned of its existence when I came across an announcement of actions, Saturday, June 12. That day there were demonstrations in over 30 states by teachers and their supporters in opposition to dangerous censorship legislation being considered by numerous state legislatures.
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