Texas Board of Education Vote

Last month the Texas board of education announced plans to update the curriculum for the States’ history and social studies classes. Textbook supplies model all textbooks on the requirements of their second-largest buyer, the state of Texas, thus this change affects the nation’s school curriculum. Parents across the country were voicing their concerns about pending changes.

Votes That Caused an Upset

  • Board members voted against suggested African American and Hispanic recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor to add to World History curriculum.
  • Hip-Hop was voted against as a major cultural movement and Country music was voted to be included.
  • Their decision included comparing the (non-violent) approach of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the (violent) approach of the Black Panthers.
  • Members voted for including the philosophy of the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association.
  • A suggestion to include reasons for protecting religious freedom was voted against.
  • Members agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson with John Calvin (some say it is because Jefferson coined the phrase “Separation of church and state”).
  • Revisions to add two free-market economic theorists, Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman were favored.
  • Members agreed to include teaching the importance of personal responsibility for life choices such as; teenage suicide, dating violence, sexuality, drug use, and eating disorders vs. teaching “to blame society for everything.”

This was a win for conservative thinking nationwide. Click on photo to enlarge.

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