Education is the building block to anyone’s success and it is being threatened. Conversations have been limited and the idea of free speech is becoming a lesson in the history books. Limiting a student’s exposure to different opinions and experiences robs them from diversity and learning how to make decisions for themselves. Students aren’t the only victims, teachers should not have to fear speaking their mind and correctly teach children. It’s a teacher’s duty to engage with their students and ensure that they learn and grow into valuable members of society.
Texas’ House bill 3979 is a prime example of the dangers of classroom censorship. The problem with limiting teachers from correctly discussing the past events that have shaped the world of today is that it hides truths of some of the country’s dark moments. A whitewashed history robs students from discussion about this country’s racism, sexism, and long history of discrimination. The bill argues that talking about racism is racist so preventing children from learning the long history of racism will end discrimination world wide. Such a simplistic form of thinking. It is almost like they are ashamed of the past and want to cover it up. Failure to teach children of the mistakes made in the past limits their growth and only serves to harm them. Without learning the history of mistakes they are more likely to commit similar mistakes since they never learned the lessons that came out of them. It is also inconsiderate to the people that suffered and continue to suffer because of the long lasting effects of discrimination in this country.
Despite the nature of the past when it comes to race and discrimination it is important for students and children to learn the pain and suffering that people of color went through. It allows students to be more accepting and understanding as well as teaches them empathy.