Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

Source: Associated Press

By WILL WEISSERT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.

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Now the state is considering revisions to the 2010 standards, which a group of academics slammed in a report Thursday. Among their complaints: lessons downplaying slavery as the Civil War’s cause, exaggerating the influence of Moses on U.S. democracy and applauding the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America.

The report suggests some heavy editing, but it remains to be seen whether the board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats will comply when they begin voting on rewrites in November. For years, the panel has generated attention for such things as trying to limit lessons on evolution and climate change in science textbooks.

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