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- A recording of an administrator for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, has caused controversy.
- The administrator was recorded advising teachers that if they have a book teaching about the Holocaust, then they should also have a book offering an “opposing” perspective.
- The school district said the administrator was helping teachers prepare to comply with the new state law, Senate Bill 3, which goes into effect in December.
An administrator for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, was recorded advising teachers that if they have a book teaching about the Holocaust, then they should also have a book offering an “opposing” perspective, NBC News reported.
“Make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust that you have one that has opposing — that has other perspectives,” a person, purported to be district’s director of curriculum and instruction, Gina Peddy, says.
“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” another teacher responds.
“Believe me,” Peddy says. “That’s come up.”
The outlet received the Friday recording from another staff member who attended the training.
Carroll spokeswoman Karen Fitzgerald said the district is trying to help teachers comply with a new state law going into effect in December. Senate Bill 3 states teachers and schools must offer balanced viewpoints in open discussions and lessons.
“Our district recognizes that all Texas teachers are in a precarious position with the latest legal requirements,” Fitzgerald said in a statement to NBC News. “Our purpose is to support our teachers in ensuring they have all of the professional development, resources and materials needed. Our district has not and will not mandate books be removed nor will we mandate that classroom libraries be unavailable.”
In response to the recording, Clay Robison, a spokesman for the Texas State Teachers Association, argued that the new law doesn’t detail library or book access.
“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.”
Peddy has not responded to Changing America’s request for comment at this time.
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