A group of Texas teachers proposed using the term ‘involuntary transference’ instead of slavery when teaching second graders

The proposed phrase was part of an initial draft outlining second-rate standards from a review committee that included a section entitled “Slavery People in America”.

“The board has — by unanimous consent — directed the working group to reconsider that specific language,” Texas State Board of Education President Keven Ellis said in a statement.

In the meantime, the board will continue to work on the curriculum later in the summer, according to Aicha Davis, a member of the State Board of Education, which represents parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.

“I have a hard time seeing how it is acceptable to substitute the phrase ‘slave trade’ for the phrase ‘involuntary relocation’,” Davis told CNN.

“We were given a 24-page document with recommendations from a workgroup that looked at kindergarten through second grade,” Davis continued. “And within the standards of the second category, I found that they were proposing that we talk about their journey using the phrase ‘involuntary transfer’.”

The suggested language teaching concept comes in the form of critical race theory American classrooms have become a contentious debate involving parents, school boards and lawmakers across the country.
This notion seeks to understand and address inequality and racism in America. This word has also become politicized and attacked by its critics as a Marxist ideology that threatens the American way of life.

According to Davis, there was some discussion with the Texas Education Agency about “why they chose that language”.

“They wanted to be sure to introduce slavery at the youth grade level, but they wanted to make sure they were deliberately mindful of age-appropriateness,” Davis said.

Davis said that while she understands the age element in the matter, it is important that students are taught the truth about American history.

“We need to think of appropriate ways to discuss this that doesn’t undermine what happened during the slave trade,” she said.

“How do we continue to have more stories like this in our social studies classrooms, and how do we make sure our younger students have access to it, and it’s age-appropriate, but at the same time, it’s creating a has been the foundation of true knowledge that our students really, really deserve to know.”

Curriculum will not hide slavery, says board chair

Davis believes that Senate Bill 3 The teachers’ discussion on the curriculum, enacted last year, is likely to be affected. The law – which Davis described as an “anti-critical race theory bill” – reshaped how social studies teachers could discuss race and current events in their classrooms.

“(the bill) specifically says you can’t make a student feel uncomfortable, and so they were given a copy of this law because they were reviewing and a lot of the products that we received. It seems That it’s a reflection from some of the things that were in that law,” Davis explained.

Board Chairman Ellis reaffirmed to CNN that the true history of slavery would be taught to students.

“There is no such proposal from the state board of education that in any way aims to hide the truth about slavery from Texas second graders.”

He reiterated that the term “involuntary relocation” does not “paint a clear or complete picture” of Africans who were enslaved.

“As a result, (the Board) voted unanimously to send the language back to be reworked. This Board is committed to truth, including accurate descriptions of historical events.

“The course of our state will not diminish the role of slavery in American history,” he said.

The topic of slavery is not currently addressed in the second grade curriculum, Ellis said.

“This work is meant to address that gap. And it is important to reiterate that (the board) makes the final decision on any draft language drafted by the working group,” he said.