Atlanta — The new Division Concepts Act is now in effect and some teachers are concerned about its ramifications.
When teachers return to school next month, they won’t be able to talk about nine so-called ‘dividing concepts’, including that students shouldn’t feel guilty because of their race and that the United States is inherently racist.
Georgia’s law on division concepts came into force on Friday. The author of the law insists that teachers can still talk about racial issues as long as it is done in an academic context.
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Tuesday, Channel 2’s Richard Elliot spoke with Georgia Association of Educators President Lisa Morgan, who said the law would only create a bigger divide between parents and teachers. She said because, for now, there are no hard and fast rules on these concepts, teachers don’t know where the line is.
“It’s not clear if any one parent would draw the line somewhere that the community as a whole wouldn’t draw the line,” Morgan said. “How are the directors and administrators going to handle this relative?”
Morgan also said it would affect not only history or social studies teachers, but also language arts teachers. She is concerned that they may not be able to assign historical books or novels due to their content.
But Governor Brian Kemp thinks the law is necessary. He signed it in April and then said the law was needed to end what he called left-wing indoctrination in public schools.
“This ensures that the entire history of our state and our nation is accurately taught, because here in Georgia, our classrooms will not be pawns of those who want to indoctrinate our children with their partisan political agenda,” said Kemp.
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