Texas Board adopts new social studies guidelines

Texas Board adopts new social studies guidelines

POSTED: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 5:16pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 5:27am

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.

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That arrogant segment of our population who seek to control the minds of others via prohibitive laws and injecting falsehoods into our education system needs to be hauled into the open and held accountable for the unspeakably bad thing they have just done. Their willingness to consciously whitewash fact betrays them for what they are: cowards.

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