Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters defends video of him teaching US history
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A video pulled from one of the classes posted on Oklahoma’s Education Secretary Ryan Walters’ YouTube page shows him discussing school segregation and its effects on young black children. indicates that you are teaching a lesson.
In the video, Walters said during Brown vs. the Board of Education, psychologists stood up to describe experiments demonstrating the social impact of legal racism.
“They brought out some studies that show young black kids in segregated schools want white dolls. I used to say that because I have a lot of things to do,” Walters told his virtual class.
KFOR spoke to Walters about what many say is a double standard. It advocates teaching a history that highlights racial injustice, while prohibiting the concept of teaching that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another.” That’s it.
House Bill 1775 lists eight concepts to ban classes, and the above name is first on the list.
Walters said his lessons did not violate the law by their intent.
“You can’t say they’re worse or better than other races because of their skin color,” Walters said. “Teaching real history is absolutely encouraged.”
Walters is on the runoff ballot for state superintendent of education.
His opponent in the Republican Party is April Grace, superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools.
“I don’t think Ryan violated it. I mean, it’s pure hypocrisy because that’s exactly what teachers are expressing concern about,” Grace said.
Grace watched Walters’ video and said that history is important to teach – no matter how painful it is – but because of the language of House Bill 1775, complaints can be filed based on its specific subject. said it can.
“I think it’s easy to be misunderstood that way because it seems to send the message that white people are better than black people and that black kids can feel that way.
In July, Mustang and Tulsa public schools were penalized for violating HB 1775.
Ryan Walters supported the state school board’s decision to downgrade both school districts’ accreditation.
“They were pushing an ideology, not an Oklahoma academic standard,” Walters said. “It was about telling students to feel a certain way and instructing faculty to make students feel a certain way.”
Rep. John Waldron was a teacher in Tulsa Public Schools for 20 years. He agreed with the way Walters taught his class, but said the malice directed at public school teachers had been fed by how the secretary of education treated them.
“Ryan Walters is right. He wasn’t indoctrinated. Neither are our public school teachers today,” Waldron said. “Secretary Walters owes them a little more respect than he is showing now.”
Legislators said House Bill 1775 was too open to interpretation and unsettling for teachers.
“[House Bill] 1775 gives the complainant the power to determine that whatever it was that made them feel guilty,” Waldron said. “This allows many villains to make complaints that make the teacher’s job impossible.”
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