Texas school textbooks curriculum arouses anger among leftists, liberals
The Texas State Board of Education approved recently a new social studies curriculum that has angered leftists and liberals.
The new standards came into consideration after the board appointed a panel of experts last year to make recommendations. The 15-member board voted 9-5 in favor of the new standards for textbooks and teaching history, economics and other civics classes that will take effect in August 2011.
The new curriculum will teach free market principles, explain how government taxation and regulation can restrict private enterprise, emphasize the achievements of Republican leaders such as President Ronald Reagan, and lend more focus on the biblical and Christian traditions of the country’s founding fathers, among others.
Other changes: The U.S. government will be called a “Constitutional Republic” rather than a “Democratic society.” There will also be a “Celebrate Freedom Week” where Texas students learn the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Critics charge that the standards are a blatant attempt to insert an ideological and political agenda into Texas classrooms. Among the readers’ comments to the article posted on ABC News, one person compared the board members to the Taliban “by imposing their distorted beliefs on the majority.”
However in Nightline’s Daily line, another reader’s comment said, “At last a state that has the guts to teach their children the true history of this country. Way to go, Texas!”
The curriculum has earned controversy because Texas has 4.7 million public school students. As a result, textbook publishers often tailor their curriculum according that of the Lone Star state.
Board member Don McLeroy said, “It’s imperative that our children be taught the original direction of our country. All we’re doing is …completing the story. We’re restoring the balance,” he said.