Texas Board adopts new social studies guidelines
POSTED: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 6:27am
AUSTIN, Texas-The State Board of Education has adopted new social studies and history guidelines for Texas high school classrooms.
The board voted Friday 9-5 on the high school standards. Final edits were being made on the elementary school curriculum.
The standards have been given a more conservative bent by the board. They dictate how political events and figures will be taught to some 4.8 million schoolchildren in Texas and beyond for the next decade.
The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas.
The debate has brought national attention to the effort, which this week featured testimony from educators, civil rights leaders and a former U.S. education secretary.