Sunday, March 14, 2010

Texas Basics

The Texas State Board of Education has succeeded in injecting conservative ideals into social studies which many liberals are very opposed to.

Teachers in Texas will be required to teach about Judeo-Christian influences on the nation's Founding Fathers. They will also describe the US as a "constitutional republic," rather than a "democratic one". Students will learn of the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

Board members argued about the classification of historic periods, BC and AD rather than the generic BCE and CE.

Students will learn about former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Along with learning the Bill of Rights, the board further specified a reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The board gave its initial approval to the new standards with a 10-5 vote. A final vote will occur in May following a public comment period.

Decisions by the board, composed of lawyers, a dentist, a newspaper publisher and others can affect textbook content nationally. Texas schoolbooks have a strong nationwide influence.

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