The Culture Wars' New Front: U.S. History Classes in Texas
The fight over school curriculum in Texas, recently focused on biology, has entered a new arena, with a brewing debate over how much faith belongs in American history classrooms.
The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for creationist critiques of evolution, is revising the state's social studies curriculum. In early recommendations from outside experts appointed by the board, a divide has opened over how central religious theology should be to the teaching of history.
Three reviewers, appointed by social conservatives, have recommended revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall.
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Douglas Hainline - 3/15/2010
Mankind cannot stand too much reality. There are plenty of historical truths which are anathema to Left and Right alike -- so perhaps history texts should be like those parallel texts you get for learning to read a foreign language. A Leftist page facing a Rightist page. I reckon such a book would be a hundred times more interesting, and likely to be read, than some anodyne watered-down compromise.
Michael Martin - 7/15/2009
These superstitious fascists should be charged with child abuse.
John R. Maass - 7/15/2009
"Rev. Marshall ... preaches that Watergate, the Vietnam War and Hurricane Katrina were God's judgments on the nation's sexual immorality."
Jean-Jacques Barrera - 7/15/2009
"Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present, controls the past." The barons in power who stole Texas land learned this Orwelian phrase a long time ago. They are still at it. (it works) there is plenty of ignorance to go around down here 'thanks' to them.
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