“Republicans, who supported the proposal, contended it would combat bias in classrooms and advance toleration.”
Democrats can’t have this. What would they talk about? What would they base education policy decisions on?
The Detroit News reports:
Michigan House votes to ban ‘race or gender stereotyping’ in curriculum; Dems boycott vote
The Michigan House saw heated debate Tuesday before approving a bill that would ban state curriculum from featuring the promotion of “race or gender stereotyping.”
Republicans, who supported the proposal, contended it would combat bias in classrooms and advance toleration. However, Democrats — who refused to participate in the vote — said their GOP counterparts were trying to “whitewash” history and change how the subject is taught.
“Facts are facts,” Rep. Abraham Aiyash, D-Hamtramck, said of the country’s past. “And if it makes you uncomfortable, so be it. But that doesn’t change the facts.”
The bill passed 55-0. The vote came amid national debate over how educators and policymakers should handle the subject of race. Critical Race Theory, an academic framework found in legal studies and academia that examines history through the lens of racism, has spurred controversy and confusion in Michigan and around the country for months.
The bill the House approved on Tuesday doesn’t specifically mention Critical Race Theory. The proposal’s sponsor, Rep. Andrew Beeler, R-Port Huron, said the topic means too many different things to too many different people. Instead, Beeler’s bill would prevent state curriculum from including ideas that “all individuals comprising a racial or ethnic group or gender hold a collective quality or belief” or that “individuals are born racist or sexist by accident of their race or gender.”
The bill also says curriculum can’t feature the belief that “individuals bear collective guilt for historical wrongs committed by their race or gender.”
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