Iowa House And Senate Ban Critical Race Theory In Public Schools

Lawrence RichardMay 9, 20214min
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The Iowa Legislature has effectively banned critical race theory from being taught in public schools or in government facilities.

The new legislation, which cleared the Iowa House of Representatives by a 53-35 vote and the Iowa Senate by a 30-18 vote, prevents what the bill’s supporters say is race-related “indoctrination” from being included in diversity training.

“Of course, these issues must be taught. They must be discussed, and they can be without scapegoating entire groups of people,” said Republican Rep. Steven Holt, who represents the Denison area.

According to Holt, issues such as feminism, sexism, discrimination, and slavery should be taught, but instructors “don’t have to use racism to teach against racism.”

Frankly, the situations that we find arising in school after school, with parent after parent calling and texting and emailing me about what they view as indoctrination of their children in publicly funded institutions of K-12 and higher education, should shock us all,” said Sen. Amy Sinclair last week when her chamber passed its version of the bill.

The new bill, which requires the signature of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, allows businesses, institutions, and schools to provide diversity training but prevents them from teaching 10 concepts.

This includes teaching that the United States, in general, or Iowa, specifically, are fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist.

Another concept barred by the bill includes teaching “that an individual, solely because of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”

It also prevents teaching racial guilt or encouraging people of a certain race to “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress.”

The bill argues these concepts reverse the flow of racism as they are “created by a particular race to oppress another race.”

The Iowa bill comes just days after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed similar legislation banning critical race theory in his state.

Author : Lawrence Richard

Source : Washington Examiner : Iowa House and Senate ban critical race theory in public schools