Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for the immediate removal of all ‘pornographic or obscene’ content from the educational materials students receive in the state’s schools.
Abbott’s request was made through a statement addressed to the Texas School Boards (TASB), whom he pointed out as responsible for the protection of children and the content they should receive for their education.
The governor warned that TASBs must ensure transparency about the materials taught in the classroom and offered in school libraries as well.
“A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries,” Abbott wrote in a letter sent to Texas Association of School Boards. “The most flagrant examples include clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas public education system.”
Abbott expressed understanding for parents’ frustration assuring that “they are rightfully angry,” adding that they have a right to protect their children from “obscene content” being used in schools under the guise of providing supposedly “inclusive sex education.”
Abbott’s letter follows Republican state Rep. Matt Krause, chairman of the House General Investigations Committee, asking public school districts to report possession of a list of more than 840 books.
The 16-page list includes a large number of titles promoted by left-wing activists, promoters of social justice, racial and gender ideology. Some of these books include “Stamped from the Beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America” and “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X Kendi, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander, and books on Black Lives Matter.
Many titles on the list focus on transgender ideology, gender identity, homosexuality, teen sexuality, pregnancy and abortion, all of which are analyses done under liberal and extremely politicized conceptions, generating outrage from parents and conservative sectors.
Many other states have been affected by similar situations in their public schools. Such was the case in Hudson, Ohio, where the city’s own mayor in September asked the members of the school board to resign or face possible criminal charges for approving reading material for students, the content of which the mayor described as “child pornography”.
As reported by parents, the book contained inappropriate writing prompts, such as asking the student to “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom” and another that said to “rewrite the sex scene above into one you would let your mom read.”
Other messages asked the student to create “an X-rated Disney scenario,” write about “a room full of people who want to sleep together,” and there were even prompts that talked about murder, drug use and suicide.
Another book aimed at children under the age of 13 recently published, aims to normalize abortion as “another possible outcome of pregnancy.” The controversial book, in addition to being available in bookstores, will be offered at abortion clinics and public libraries across the country in the coming months.
The Texas governor’s request has not yet been accompanied by any legal initiative, but in principle it seeks to put pressure and position itself on the side of the large number of parents who are fighting against the “indoctrination” of their children in public schools.