First, ban the books & then the ideas

Lawmakers in at least 17 state capitols and Congress are pushing legislation that would require schools to post all instructional materials online. Their goal, at least in part, is to enable parents who distrust their children’s schools to carefully examine teaching materials — enabling protests or, in some cases, giving people fodder to opt their children out. That includes materials on race and racial equity but also any other topic that might spark disagreement.

(Via WaPo)

Here’s the thing: the information is already available for parents if they have the desire and time. There is no lack of transparency and there never has been.

Teachers and school advocates say multiple ways of accessing this information already exist, including talking with teachers, attending back-to-school nights or accessing online portals such as Canvas or Google Classroom. Formal curriculums are online for the public or available by request, they say.

BTW, if these laws pass I wonder how many of them will fund the burden they’re putting on public schools.

(H/t to Dave Pell’s NextDraft)

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