Teachers must present opposing views in Texas, ‘How do you oppose the Holocaust?’

Last week, Gina Peddy, director of Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction told educators to make sure 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 to comply with Texas’ new law, [House Bill] 3979.

A staff member secretly recorded the training session and shared it with NBC: Please take a listen.

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.”

“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” one teacher said in response. 

“Believe me,” Peddy said. “That’s come up.”

Carroll Superintendent Lane Ledbetter later posted on the Facebook page of Carroll ISD that comments made during the conversation with teachers in last week’s meeting were “in no way to convey that the Holocaust was anything less than a terrible event in history.”

NBC has focused on Southlake, Texas lately because issues of race and race relations have surfaced over the years. Below is just one of several podcasts that gives a bit of background information on the town and schools.

Southlake: A viral video, a diversity plan, and an election that changed an affluent Texas town

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