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Some Texas schools may describe slavery as “involuntary relocation”

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Public Schools would describe the enslavement of sophomores as “involuntary displacement” under new social studies standards proposed to the state Board of Education.

A group of nine educators took the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop a new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune. The once-a-decade process updates what children are learning in the state’s nearly 8,900 public schools.

The board plans to change the curriculum a year after Texas passed a law to eliminate subjects from schools that make students “feel uncomfortable.”

Board member Aicha Davis, a Democrat who represents Dallas and Fort Worth, raised concerns at a June 15 meeting that the term was not a fair representation of human trafficking. slaves. The council sent the draft back for review, urging the group of educators to “carefully consider the language used to describe the events.”

“I can’t say what their intention was, but it won’t be acceptable,” Davis told the Texas Tribune on Thursday.

Part of the proposed draft standards obtained by The Texas Tribune states that students should “compare travel to America, including voluntary Irish immigration and involuntary resettlement of Africans in colonial times.”

Texas’ public education system has become heavily politicized in recent years, with lawmakers passing laws dictating how race and slavery should be taught in schools and conservative groups pouring large sums of money into schools. school board races.

Texas drew attention to a similar situation in 2015, when a student noticed wording in a textbook that referred to slaves brought to America as “laborers.” The book’s publisher has apologized and promised to increase the number of textbook reviews it uses.

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