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Texas teachers say GOP’s new social studies law will hinder how an entire generation understands race, history and current events

Educators who spoke to The Texas Tribune overwhelmingly denounced the new social studies law going into effect Sept. 1. These are the provisions they say could cause problems for them — and Texas students.

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Texas’ majority white Legislature limited how race is taught to a generation of students

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Teachers say a provision about students’ discomfort, guilt or anguish will chill necessary discussions

Shareefah Mason is an 8th-grade history teacher at Zumwalt Middle School in Dallas. Mason frequently volunteers at For Oak Cliff, a non-profit that focuses on education, community building, advocacy, and art in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.

The law doesn’t specify how it will be enforced, leaving educators and school districts scrambling to prepare

Tania Tasneem, an 8th-grade science teacher at Kealing Middle School, at her home in Austin on July 9, 2021.

A limit on current events discussions could stifle conversations in some classrooms — but not others

Nitasha Walder is a teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Dallas.
Andrew Robinson is an 8th-grade history teacher at Uplift Luna Middle School in Dallas.

Teachers say prohibiting activism and policy advocacy will curb civic engagement

Portrait of Lucero Saldana at the UTSA Downtown Campus in San Antonio.

The law requires learning about several women and people of color, but GOP lawmakers are trying to walk that back

Prohibiting “The 1619 Project” is seen as intentionally targeting lessons on systemic racism that benefit all students

Anaïs Childress teaches IB History at Hillcrest High School in Dallas.

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