Texas, the largest consumer of textbooks, is now working to bring conservatism to the classroom. A New York Times article published on MAy 12th, 2010 said:
The Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economicstextbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.
As a Texan, this isn’t shocking. I received a fantastic education in San Antonio, TX and was exposed to multitude of beliefs but graduated with a lot of liberal angst. I worry that my state may be setting a precedent that will allow science denialism a place in the classroom. The Texas Board of Education didn’t consult any scientists, sociologist, or historians before making sweeping changes to Texas history and the history of the United States of America.
Here’s a preview from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html?ref=us (click to zoom in):
The changes will reach a final in May after 30 days of open comment from the public. I truly hope that moderates and liberal come out to speak against the changes made. Texas is conservative enough and the lessons they’re looking to add don’t belong in the classroom. It’s also troubling that a state with a high school drop out rate nearing 30% is more concerned with political bias than the quality of education they’re providing.