Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Texas Approves Controversial History Textbooks

(Image Credit: ThinkStock)

The Texas State Board of Education has approved a controversial history textbook that academics say over exaggerates Moses’ influence on American Democracy and portrays Muslims in a negative light.

Much criticism surrounded the proposed textbooks considered for the new school year.  Some on the board declined some books over what they felt to be the downplaying of President Regan’s accomplishments and being too sympathetic to Islam.  The books at the center of the biggest controversy stemmed from a 2010 curriculum change which saw an emphasis on conservative ideals, such as talking up Moses’ influence on the founding fathers and creation of American government, and the praising the free-market system.  The curriculum change was designed to counter perceived liberal biases in classroom texts, and the new texts will be used for at least a decade.

The new books passed with a 10-5 vote, a vote that some wanted delayed to allow the public and board members a chance to review last-minute changes.  Commenting on the request for a delay, Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said,

I’m comfortable enough that these books have been reviewed by many, many people.  They are not perfect. They never will be.

The conservative curriculum measures and newly-approved texts have received much criticism from Democratic board members and Liberal education groups.  Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, expressed her dissatisfaction of the Board’s vote,

What we saw today shows very clearly that the process the State Board of Education uses to adopt textbooks is a sham.  This board adopted textbooks with numerous late changes that the public had little opportunity to review and comment on and that even board members themselves admitted they had not read.

via The New York Times


Best of NewsTalk 1290

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for NewsTalk VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive NewsTalk VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.