• Birdville ISD Statement Regarding SB 3


    In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 3, Birdville will not require or make part of any course in the social studies curriculum the following elements perceived as components of critical race theory:

    • that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex, or that a person by virtue of their race or sex is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, consciously or otherwise;
    • that a person should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of their race or sex;
    • that people cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to their race or sex;
    • that a person's moral character, standing, or worth is determined by their race or sex;
    • that a person bears responsibility, blame, or guilt for actions committed by other members of that person’s race or sex;
    • that meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race;
    • that the advent of slavery in 1619 constituted the true founding of the United States; and
    • that, with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality.

    Teaching the connection between historical events and their economic, social, political, and environmental outcomes is essential to developing student’s historical understandings and critical thinking skills. Events and outcomes will continue to be taught in Birdville ISD courses as they are addressed in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Teachers will incorporate multiple perspectives in regards to events and their outcomes as appropriate to the TEKS. 

    Should a student choose to enroll in an advanced course such as Advanced Placement or Dual Credit, they will be taught in accordance with the standards and guidelines for those courses - some of which are national standards outside the scope of the TEKS and/or may include concepts and discussions related to race, sex, gender, equality, and equity.

    Birdville ISD teachers and other staff are to remain politically and socially neutral in their interactions with students. As appropriate to the TEKS, lesson design will explore topics from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any particular perspective. Teachers should provide opportunities for students to engage in classroom discussions around topics of interest to them as appropriate to the TEKS, establishing norms for civil discourse, and developing skills for informed citizenship.

    At their request, parents will be provided with observer access to view instructional materials made available to their students in all Canvas courses.