Tennessee Bans Teaching Critical Race Theory in Schools
May 25, 2021
The Tennessee General Assembly has banned the teaching of critical race theory, passing a law at the very end of the legislative session to withhold funding from public schools that teach about white privilege.
Tennessee bans teaching critical race theory in schools
Upon its implementation on July 1, Tennessee teachers will not be allowed to teach that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously.” “Impartial” discussions about difficult and controversial topics are still permitted but schools teaching racism will risk losing funding from the state.
"We need to make sure that our kids recognize that this country is moving toward a more perfect union, that we should teach the exceptionalism of our nation and how people can live together and work together to make a greater nation, and to not teach things that inherently divide or pit either Americans against Americans or people groups against people groups," Lee told reporters at the time.
Similar proposals surfaced in other states this year, including one in Idaho that has been signed into law by the governor. Texas Republicans are also pushing a proposal to ban CRT in schools.
Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Banning Critical Race Theory In Schools