Jewish lawmaker denounces bill banning critical race theory in schools

Wyoming lawmakers are sharing their concerns and support over the controversial HB97 bill which would ban the teaching and training of “critical race theory” in schools.

Representative Andy Schwartz (D) of Wyoming addressed his colleagues on Thursday and shared his concerns. The Jewish lawmaker “found unacceptable provisions, such as one that allowed ‘controversial aspects of history’ to only be taught ‘from a holistic point of view, a complete, neutral and unbiased perspective of the subject matter or prism.’”

“Going to page 8, lines 19 and 20, it says ‘no one should feel discomfort or distress,’” he said. “But in learning about the Holocaust, I have suffered a lifetime of discomfort and distress, and it’s essential that as students learn about this dark time in our history, they to feel discomfort in distress” (Jerusalem Post).

As a Jewish man, Representative Schwartz expressed that he believes history must be taught even if it makes people feel uncomfortable. “It was important to speak against — and defeat — the bill because history instruction should not be restricted by legislatures for political purposes, but taught in a fashion without limitations that provides important lessons for students,” he said.

Republican Wyoming Representative Chuck Gray called Schwartz’s interpretation “disappointing.” He stated that critical race theory and its message is inconsistent with Wyoming values. As of right now, critical race theory in schools is banned in nine states with more than a dozen others considering similar legislation (Washington Post). 




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