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Do you agree with these curriculum standards?

A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade.

Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

"We have been about conservatism versus liberalism," said Democrat Mavis Knight of Dallas, explaining her vote against the standards. "We have manipulated strands to insert what we want it to be in the document, regardless as to whether or not it's appropriate."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 7:52 PM on Mar. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    Board members argued about the classification of historic periods (still B.C. and A.D., rather than B.C.E. and C.E.); whether students should be required to explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on global politics (they will); and whether former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir should be required learning (she will).In addition to learning the Bill of Rights, the board specified a reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms in a section about citizenship in a U.S. government class.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:54 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • "I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

    Um...we are not a Democracy. The Liberal (Progressive) movement has changed school curriculum for at least 40 years to make you think we are.

    Backlash is a Bitch, huh?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:04 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • "Um...we are not a Democracy. The Liberal (Progressive) movement has changed school curriculum for at least 40 years to make you think we are.

    Backlash is a Bitch, huh? "


    We are indeed a republic...because the Founders didn't trust We The People to do the smart thing most of the time. Majority rule can be a fearsome thing.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:08 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • So what is wrong with teaching accurate history, sweet?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:14 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • So are they going to explain then that most of the Founding Father's were deists; not traditional Christians??

    I doubt it - so it's not exactly accurate history then is it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:16 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • This was the only thing I take issue with...

    "Numerous attempts to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history also were denied, inducing one amendment that would specify that Tejanos died at the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Another amendment deleted a requirement that sociology students "explain how institutional racism is evident in American society."

    Soniam301

    Answer by Soniam301 at 8:17 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • So what is wrong with teaching accurate history, sweet?


    accurate history? Like the Alamo?? Like teaching Judeo-Christian values ???

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:22 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • So are they going to explain then that most of the Founding Father's were deists; not traditional Christians??

    I doubt it - so it's not exactly accurate history then is it?

    Most were NOT deists.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:30 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • I have no problem with this at all. It's about damned time. History books have been getting beyond liberal and full of lies for decades. Now it's time for some truth.
    AngelDawn7

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 8:40 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • How is the Alamo inaccurate? The Battle of the Alamo was important in the War for Texas Independence was it not?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

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