Latest Breaking News & Top Headlines

Texas school administrator tells teachers to offer books with ‘opposing’ views on Holocaust

109

A Texas school district administrator, responding to new laws banning critical race theory, was heard on tape and suggested that teachers should now provide students with access to an “opposite” perspective in teaching the Holocaust.

The secret recording by a staffer captures Carroll Independent School District Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Peddy.

Carroll is located in the suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peddy made the comments last Friday during a training session that provides information about which books teachers can keep in classroom libraries.

The session was just four days after the local school board voted to reprimand a fourth-grade teacher who kept an anti-racism book in her class after a parent complained.

A Texas school district administrator, Carroll Independent School District Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Peddy, responded to new laws banning critical race theory, was heard on tape and suggested that teachers should now provide students with access to an “opposite” perspective. when teaching the holocaust

The session was just four days after the local school board voted to reprimand a fourth-grade teacher who kept an anti-racism book in her classroom after a parent complained

The session was just four days after the local school board voted to reprimand a fourth-grade teacher who kept an anti-racism book in her classroom after a parent complained

Peddy referred to House Bill 3979, which requires teachers to present many perspectives when discussing “much-discussed and controversial” topics.

“And if you have a book about the Holocaust,” Peddy continued, “make sure you have one with the opposite, that has different perspectives.”

“How do you resist the Holocaust?” a teacher asked.

“Believe me,” Peddy replied. “That comes up.”

The topic continued, with a teacher asking if she should get rid of her copy of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, which tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of victims.

Peddy referred to House Bill 3979, which requires teachers to present many perspectives when discussing

Peddy referred to House Bill 3979, which requires teachers to present many perspectives when discussing “much-discussed and controversial” topics

Clay Robison, a spokesperson for the Texas State Teachers Association, which represents educators in the Lone Star State, says the new law doesn't explicitly regulate classroom libraries

Clay Robison, a spokesperson for the Texas State Teachers Association, which represents educators in the Lone Star State, says the new law doesn’t explicitly regulate classroom libraries

State Senator Bryan Hughes, who wrote the Senate bill that will go into effect in December, also believes the law is being misread

State Senator Bryan Hughes, who wrote the Senate bill that will go into effect in December, also believes the law is being misread

Carroll ISD spokeswoman Karen Fitzgerald said the district is trying to help teachers comply with the new state law and an updated version that will go into effect in December.

“Our district recognizes that all Texas teachers are in a precarious position with the latest legal requirements,” Fitzgerald wrote, noting that the district’s interpretation of the new Texas law requires teachers to provide balanced perspectives, not just during classroom time. education, but in the books that are available to students in the free time in the classroom.

“Our goal is to support our teachers to ensure they have all the necessary professional development, resources and materials,” she added. “Our district has and will not require that books be removed, nor will we require that classroom libraries be unavailable.”

Fitzgerald advised educators who were unsure about book selection to talk to principals and curriculum coordinators.

A spokesperson for the Texas State Teachers Association, which represents educators in the Lone Star State, says the new law doesn’t explicitly regulate classroom libraries.

Clay Robison added that what was heard on the recording is overreacting and misinterpreting the law.

“We find it reprehensible for an educator to demand that a Holocaust denier be treated equally with the facts of history,” Robison said. ‘That’s absurd. It’s worse than absurd. And this law doesn’t require it.’

A teacher asked Peddy if she could buy her copy of Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, which tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of victims.

A teacher asked Peddy if she could buy her copy of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, which tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of victims.

An email sent a column asking Carroll ISD teachers to rate books based on whether they offer multiple perspectives and to set aside one-sided stories that could be considered offensive

An email sent a column asking Carroll ISD teachers to rate books based on whether they offer multiple perspectives and to set aside one-sided stories that could be considered offensive

Carroll Superintendent Lane Ledbetter sent an email to parents denying the district telling teachers to remove books

Carroll Superintendent Lane Ledbetter sent an email to parents denying the district telling teachers to remove books

State Senator Bryan Hughes, who wrote the Senate bill that will go into effect in December, also believes the law is being misread.

“That’s not in the bill,” Hughes said Wednesday. “I’m glad we can have this discussion to clarify what’s in the bill, because that’s not in the bill.”

Six teachers in the school district said: NBC News anonymously that they were concerned about retaliation for discussing their concerns and claimed that district leaders were not clear about what to do.

“Teachers are literally afraid that we will be punished for having books in our classes,” said one educator. “There are no children’s books that show the ‘opposite perspective’ of the Holocaust or the ‘opposite perspective’ of slavery. Should we throw away all the books on those subjects?’

The debate in the Carroll district mirrors a national one, where opponents of critical race theory and others who oppose lessons on LGBTQ issues are unhappy.

A group of local parents has been fighting for more than a year to stop new diversity and inclusion programs at Carroll.

On Oct. 7, administrators told teachers in an email to close classroom libraries until they can be vetted by the teacher. Another email sent a column asking teachers to rate books based on whether they offer multiple perspectives and to set aside any one-sided stories that might be considered offensive.

Carroll Superintendent Lane Ledbetter sent an email to parents denying the district telling teachers to remove books.

“I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight,” he wrote. “The district has not ordered the removal of books from teachers’ classroom libraries. Moreover, the district has not given any training on how to remove books.’

.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.