NBC News reports:
A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News.
Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom.
“Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Peddy said in the recording, referring to a new Texas law that requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing “widely debated and currently controversial” issues. “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust,” Peddy continued, “that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”
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In a secret recording, an administrator in Southlake advised teachers that if they have a book in their class about the Holocaust, they should also have one from an “opposing” perspective.
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) October 14, 2021
There is no legitimate “opposing” perspective on the Holocaust. Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis simply for being Jews.
We call on the official in question to withdraw her outrageous remarks immediately. https://t.co/oXBmmoTDLa
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) October 14, 2021
Congrats to @GovAbbott on signing a law that has teachers “terrified” and that led school administrators to suggest they give a “both sides” approach to the Holocaust. Just amazing work. https://t.co/cGMphjrxFP
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 14, 2021