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Education Reporter
NUMBER 293 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JUNE 2010

Texas Adopts New History Guidelines
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After months of heated discussion and national scrutiny, the Texas State Board of Education gave final approval last month to new social studies and history guidelines. Democrats accused the Republican majority of politicizing history, but former board chairman Don McLeroy said the new guidelines bring back into balance a curriculum unfairly skewed to the left after years of Democrat control.

New amendments incorporated into the standards include requirements that students discuss the sustainability of Social Security and Medicare, and evaluate efforts by global organizations like the United Nations to undermine U.S. sovereignty. An amendment requiring students to compare and contrast the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause to the phrase "separation of church and state" — which is not found in the Constitution — garnered bipartisan approval with an eleven to three vote.

The new standards will guide the instruction of some 4.8 million Texas students over the next ten years. (Associated Press, 5-21-10)


 
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