A Southlake school leader in Texas is interpreting state legislation in an unwelcoming direction.
Gina Peddy, executive director of curriculum in the Carroll Independent School District reported having told teachers to include opposite views that may defend the Holocaust, a historical nightmare of genocide crimes against humans, NBC News reported.
“And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives,” Peddy was heard telling teachers in a training session Friday, Oct. 15.
The top school administrator said her instruction was guided by House Bill 3979, a state law that was originally introduced to prevent critical race theory, a liberal-backed curriculum, from being taught in schools.
The legislation intended at limiting talks of race and history in classrooms, defended by Rep. Steve Toth (R-Tex.) as a law to teach “racial harmony by telling the truth that we are all equal, both in God’s eyes and our founding documents,” according to Texas Tribune.
Critical race theory is embraced as a solution to systematic racism by Democrats. Yet, critics and Republicans say it is just another version of Marxism that will eventually incite more division.
Nonetheless, state lawmakers were furious Peddy thought HB 3979 would agree opposite views about Holocaust should be offered to students.
“The Holocaust was a terrible event in human history based on ignorant hatred. It is not a currently controversial or even debatable subject—its occurrence is a fact,” said State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Tex.), according to CBS News.
“HB3979 does not require an “opposing view” and any idea that it would, is incorrect,” Capriglione stated.
“School administrators should know the difference between factual historical events and fiction,” said State Senator Kelly Hancock (R-Tex.). “Southlake just got it wrong. No legislation is suggesting the action this administrator is promoting.”
Lane Ledbetter, Southlake superintendent, had issued a public apology for the wrongful mistake.
“As we continue to work through implementation of HB 3979, we also understand this bill does not require an opposing viewpoint on historical facts,” part of the statement said, as reported by NBC News.
“As a district we will work to add clarity to our expectations for teachers and once again apologize for any hurt or confusion this has caused,” it added.
A shorter version of the statement was also shared on Twitter: