A decision by The Texas Board of Education to change the curriculum in Texas social studies textbooks has brought on a tremendous amount of controversy between the democratic and republican members. A few of the primary decisions that were made and heavily argued over are the following:
- The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”
- The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”
- Classification of historic periods (still B.C. and A.D., rather than B.C.E. and C.E.)
- Students are now required to explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on global politics
- Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir will be a required learning
- There will be a reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms in a section about citizenship in a U.S. government class
- Arguments over including hip-hop as an example of a significant cultural movement (Will Not happen)
- Denial to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history
- Teachers in Texas are now required to teach the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state.
The proposals have been met with final ratification from the board, but the final vote will come in May, after a prolonged period of public comment on the recommendations. Still, the conservatives clearly feel like the bulk of their work is done; after the 120-page draft was finalized last Friday, Republican board member Terri Leo declared that it was “world class” and “exceptional.”
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