Cynthia Dunbar is upset that scholars don't like her deeply flawed and outrageously offensive Mexican American Heritage textbook, which the State Board of Education (SBOE) is considering for adoption for Texas public schools this year. So now the right-wing, former SBOE member (and current Donald Trump supporter) is offering a rather absurd defense of the text. Read More
I am a rabbi in Tyler, Texas, and my three children proudly attend our local public schools. At the invitation of our local superintendent, I was recently honored to share a presentation on religious diversity with all of the principals in our school district. This invitation did not come out of nowhere. It was part of an ongoing dialogue between myself and local educational leaders about religious diversity.
I have been part of the religious landscape of Tyler for over 15 years. And as a passionate advocate of interfaith dialogue and local collaborations, I have become a sounding board for many private complaints about the struggles that non-Christian children face when attending public schools. The complaints are not just from the Jewish community. Indeed, parents from the Muslim, Hindu, atheist, Baha’i, Unitarian, and other communities share similar stories with me.
About a year ago, I began a series of meetings with select leaders in our local educational community to address the topic of respecting religious diversity. I began each of those meetings with a simple question. I asked, “Are you okay that when a non-Christian student comes to a public school campus – that the student sometimes feels that… Read More