Texas curriculum: Educators propose teaching slavery as ‘involuntary resettlement’ in classrooms

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A group of educators has proposed to the Texas State Board of Education that slavery be taught as “involuntary resettlement” in the second grade curriculum.

“Here we have another attempt to whitewash the truth,” said Jackie Anderson, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers. “There is no way that slavery could actually be called involuntary resettlement and have the same meaning as actual slavery.”

As first reported by our partners at The Texas Tribune, it was a designated working group of the Texas State Board of Education that made the proposal.

They were tasked with bringing the subject of slavery into the second grade curriculum, where it is currently lacking, but the group also worked under the parameters of new Texas legislation, Senate Bill 3, which states that slavery is not a true founding of the United States states can be taught.

“I’m sure they were trying to work within the confines of the law, but then there’s something wrong with the law that would oblige someone to do this in the first place,” Anderson said.

The Texas State Board of Education has asked this working group to amend its proposal, Kevin Ellis, the board chairman, said in a statement: “At our last meeting, the SBOE working group presented a draft of its recommendations, and the board had specific concerns with them.” some of their proposed wording, in particular the phrase “involuntary resettlement”. The Board, with unanimous approval, instructed the working group to revisit this specific language.

The Texas Education Agency, which does not provide curriculum recommendations, also weighed in, saying in part, “Any claim that the SBOE downplays the role of slavery in American history is grossly inaccurate.”

Anderson hopes the second years will get a little more recognition and a little more knowledge.

“I think kids are resilient and I think it’s better to teach them the truth,” she said.

The State Board of Education said they have the final say on any language draft created by the working groups.

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