Unlike some of their parents and political leaders, children can handle the truth – Grading Texas

Former State Commissioner for Education Michael Williams recently gave advice to the State Board of Education, which will soon begin rewriting new standards in the social studies curriculum to comply with the new anti-critical race theory law.

“Tell the truth.” Just put the truth to the standard and you’ll be fine, “said Williams. “Children will be able to handle the truth.”

According to an article in Texas Education News, the former commissioner, appointed by the then governor. Rick Perry addressed the board at the unveiling of his portrait in the boardroom.

His advice was correct. Telling the truth is always the right choice for educators, and teachers do it every day in their classrooms.

But Williams spoke of a law designed to make Texas education less true by obscuring what teachers can tell their students about racism, past and present, in America. And he spoke to an elected committee with a history of attempts to rewrite parts of our history in order to downplay the important contributions of people of color.

There are now various members on the board. However, some members have shown that they are still reluctant for students to learn some important truths, including the apparent impact of people on climate change, something like racism that these children will have to deal with or suffer from tragic consequences in adulthood.

Williams is right. Children want the truth, and if the lessons and educational materials are age-appropriate, they can handle the truth.

Children are clearly not making the political effort to whiten the teachings on racism. It is controlled by adults. These include the governor, many lawmakers, and a growing number of local school board members who seek short-term political gain that threatens the future of our children.

They encourage a vocal minority of parents who are uncomfortable about our growing diversity and the issue of racism and do not want it discussed in their children’s classrooms.

But children are ready to learn. And if they do not learn the truth, the whole truth about our critical issues and problems, how can they be prepared to develop a potential path to a just, tolerant society that their parents and so-called government leaders refuse to go?

Clay Robison

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