The content of school textbooks and reading materials has come under growing scrutiny in recent years as a result of the issues they raise.
In a recent college-level English class in Texas, high school students were assigned to write a research paper on one of three difficult issues plaguing American culture: race, gender, or ethnicity.
Southwest High School in the Fort Worth Independent School District is a dual credit site for the University of Texas at Austin (FWISD).
In the first-year college writing course, one of the key objectives is to “assist students in becoming more effective in their analysis and composition of arguments.”
Students were given recommended reading lists for each contentious topic — gender, racism, and ethnicity — to better understand them.
One of the titles of the books was written by Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of humanities at Boston University, and was titled “How to Be an Antiracist.” Several works, including “Witches: the Transformative Power of Women Working Together” and “Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights,” were included on the reading list for the “gender” category.
thenewsgod has been informed, however, that students are encouraged, but not forced, to read the titles of the books in question. According to the materials, Texas Senate Bill 3 (which was approved last year) restricts the teaching of critical race theory in public schools, and this is by federal law.