Bill banning ‘dividing concepts’ in classroom pre-filed ahead of session

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AS TO) – Alabama lawmakers will debate again whether to ban “dividing concepts” in the classroom this term.

A new version of the bill was pre-filed, sponsored by Rep. Ed Oliver and co-sponsored by 21 other Republican House lawmakers, including Rep. Debbie Wood.

“We need it so that we can create a great place for our children to go to school and be educated and not be taught the things that we feel very uncomfortable hearing. “, Wood (R-Valley) said to me.

Among the concepts prohibited by the bill is the idea that “every individual should be asked to accept, acknowledge, affirm or consent to a sense of guilt…solely on the basis of race, color, religion, sex , ethnicity, or national origin.

Wood says she wouldn’t want her granddaughter exposed to something like this at school.

“I don’t want to be taught something that makes her feel inferior or taught something that makes her feel like there’s a reason she feels different from the student. sitting next to her,” Wood said.

While the State Board of Education has adopted a policy prohibiting the teaching of these types of concepts, Wood says the Board can change and lawmakers want something more permanent in the books.

But Rep. Chris England says the bill tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

“It’s very bad legislation, and honestly, I would like to leave education to educators,” England (D-Tuscaloosa) said.

England says it could lead to teachers avoiding important subjects for fear of being fired. He believes this will ultimately limit learning and free speech in the classroom.

“It’s a chilling effect on any kind of growth, any kind of teaching, any kind of methodology that leads to the growth of our children’s intellects,” England said.

The bill allows state agencies, school boards and colleges to “discipline or terminate” employees who violate it.

Last year, a version of this bill passed the House but did not pass in the Senate.


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