Leaked record shows Texas official instructing teachers to give children an alternative perspective on the Holocaust
According to the executive director of curriculum and instruction of the Carroll Independent School District in Texas, Gina Peddy, the Holocaust is a “widely debated and controversial” subject, and to fully explore this topic, students need to be given access to “opposing” perspectives.
“Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Peddy said in the recording, which was later obtained by NBC News.
“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” one teacher asked in response to Peddy’s remarks.
Subsequently, Peddy introduced a political dimension to the discussion, explaining that the Holocaust became an instrument of political influence, implying that, if political was removed from this topic, it would turn out that the extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany was not so terrible.
“We are in the middle of a political mess,” Peddy said in the recording, acknowledging that teachers are afraid to broach certain subjects. “And you are in the middle of a political mess. And so we just have to do the best that we can.”
Nevertheless, the very fact of discussing the Holocaust in this vein, under the guise of Texas Senate Bill 3, causes outrage among sane people. Clay Robinson, a spokesperson for the Texas State Teachers Association, said the bill had nothing to do with controversial literature in school libraries.
“We find it reprehensible for an educator to require a Holocaust denier to get equal treatment with the facts of history,” Robison said. “That’s absurd. It’s worse than absurd. And this law does not require it.”
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