The Georgia The Senate passed a bill Friday restricting the discussion of race in kindergarten through 12th grade classes.
Bill 1084 of the House of Representatives, the “First Student Protection Act,” was passed by the Georgia Senate. The measure requires local school boards and administrators to prohibit discrimination on “racial grounds” by limiting how race can be discussed in the classroom.
Under the bill, topics that will be banned include teaching that “one race is superior to another” or that the United States is “fundamentally racist.” reports CNN.
“We can teach US history, good, bad and ugly, without dividing children by race.” This was stated by the Supreme President of the Senate of Georgia Butch Millerbill passed 32-21.
“We must teach patriotism and because America is good, though not perfect, that America is good.” Miller added.
The bill has already been passed by the House of Georgia, but will return to that house for final approval after minor changes in the Senate, This was reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). If approved, the measure will be sent to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for signing the law.
Kemp has already expressed support for initiatives such as the House of Representatives bill 1084. During his state address in January, Kemp said he would support lawmakers trying to to stop “split ideology” of “critical racial theory”.
Despite the support of Republican lawmakers, the bill has come under sharp criticism: students and faculty protesting in the state capital are speaking out in opposition. reports AJC.
“It’s time for us to have these awkward conversations honestly,” said Maurice Bruton, a U.S. history teacher in Georgia. to AJC. “We don’t want to keep pushing the conversation back and forcing the next generation to deal with it,” Bruton added.
As in Georgia, lawmakers in other states have either adopted or proposed initiatives to censor classroom education.
In Mississippi, lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of “critical race theory»In primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across the state.