(Jackboots and torture and slaughter, oh my!)
Several Republican members of the New Hampshire legislature hope update an anti-Communist Cold War law that bars public school teachers from teaching ‘subversive doctrines’ which include “the overthrow by force of the government of the United States” (etc.). Naturally, the original language of the law only mentioned communism by name, but the new version adds socialism and Marxism – and worst of all seeks to prevent teachers from teaching “negative accounts” of history. of the United States, in particular “that the United States was founded on racism.
Leaving aside the obvious fact that there are many types of non-Marxian socialism and that most forms of socialism do not preach the overthrow of governments, the proposed new language currently under consideration does not mention a few major ideologies that definitely do. Namely, Nazism, Fascism and White Supremacy. Isn’t that weird?! It must be an oversight from our good friends up north. To the right? The full text of the bill follows (suggested language in bold):
HOUSE BILLING 1255
LAW relating to the loyalty of teachers.
SPONSORS: Rep. A. Lekas, Hills. 37; Rep. layons, Oscillate. 6; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. Ammon, Hills. 40; Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37
1 Teacher loyalty; Ban added. Amend RSA 191:1 to read as follows:
191:1 Advocacy of subversive doctrines prohibited.
I. No Teacher Shall Advocate Communismsocialism or marxism as a political doctrine or any other doctrine or theory which includes the forcible overthrow of the United States or state government of any public or state-approved school or state institution.
II. No teacher shall advocate any doctrine or theory that promotes a negative narrative or portrayal of the founding and history of the United States of America in New Hampshire public schools that does not include the global context of practices now overwhelmed and discouraged. Such prohibition includes, but is not limited to, teaching that the United States was founded on racism.
III. A violation of this section will be considered a violation of the New Hampshire Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for Education Professionals and will warrant disciplinary action.
2 Date of entry into force. This law comes into force 60 days after its adoption.
As well consult the accompanying invoice this “would extend the existing law which requires teachers to provide two weeks notice of their health and sexuality education program in schools. The bill would require teachers to provide notice of material for all classes, and allow parents to file objections to material they deem objectionable and would require the school to provide alternative instruction,” according to New Hampshire Public Radio.
Apparent Horizon, an award-winning political column, is broadcast by the MassWire News Service from the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. Jason Pramas is Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of BINJ and Associate Editor of DigBoston.