New laws restrict teachers from race-related topics

The Associated Press - November 20, 2021 7:38 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New measures that restrict how race is addressed in classrooms have spread confusion and anxiety among many educators. In some cases educators have begun pulling books and canceling lessons for fear of stirring controversy.

Education officials still waiting to see how the laws will be enforced have nixed a contemporary issues class in a Tennessee district and removed Frederick Douglass’ autobiography from reading lists in an Oklahoma school system, among other examples.

At least a dozen states have passed measures this year setting restrictions for how schools teach about racism, sexism, and other topics.


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