Texas Education Board Adopts Controversial Standards

Texas – The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power to shape the lessons that will be taught to millions of students on American history, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and other topics.

In a vote of 10-5, the board preliminarily adopted the new curriculum after days of charged debate marked by race and politics. In dozens of smaller votes passed over the three days, the ultra-conservatives who dominate the board nixed all but a few efforts to recognize the diversity of race and religion in Texas.

Decisions by the board long led by the social conservatives who have advocated ideas such as teaching more about the weaknesses of evolutionary theory affects textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients.

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