A battle over New Hampshire’s “divisive ideas legislation” has been brewing within the state since 2021. The measure restricts instruction on matters that may go away college students feeling inferior or superior based mostly on race, gender, ethnicity, or one other attribute, and in addition applies to coaching carried out by state businesses.
Earlier this yr, state lawmakers proposed a repeal, eliciting greater than 1,000 letters to the Home Schooling Committee. The Hechinger Report, in partnership with The Boston Globe Journal, analyzed a 264-letter pattern to get a way of each side. Most (94 %, or 248 letters) supported repeal, citing considerations corresponding to a local weather of worry amongst academics and the fear that historical past couldn’t be taught totally and actually. In 16 letters opposing the repeal, most argued there was a must preserve academics from indoctrinating college students in vital race concept (a authorized idea not usually utilized in Okay-12 faculties) and that solely mother and father ought to train youngsters about political doctrine.
EXCERPTS FROM COMMENTS SUPPORTING REPEAL OF THE DIVISIVE CONCEPTS PROVISION:
EXCERPTS FROM COMMENTS OPPOSING REPEAL OF THE DIVISIVE CONCEPTS PROVISION:
This evaluation about “divisive ideas” legal guidelines was produced by The Hechinger Report and The Boston Globe Journal. Linda Okay. Wertheimer is an impartial journalist and Hechinger contributor, and Cathy Ching is a Globe correspondent.
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