Although climate change denial was removed from textbooks, our school board has stubbornly stuck to it’s guns on including Christianity and Judeo-Christian values (Moses specifically) as the inspiration for America’s form of government.
Our students and teachers will be stuck with erroneous textbooks for 10 years! Not just Texas either, some states adopt our textbooks. One major publisher Houghton Mifflin even withdrew their books from consideration over their insistence on keeping Moses in an American history book. This is the standard that stumped them.
The standards are called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and were created in 2010. They state that high school students in U.S. government are expected to “identify the individuals, whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses, William Blackstone, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu.”
What is even more irksome is that the board was talking to publishers after public testimony ended Tuesday making last minute changes that the public including historians had no input on.
What now? The only way left to stop this theocratic encroachment is for a secular organization to sue to have Texas to do right by its students. We’ll keep you posted on developments. Also there is a petition to repeal the textbooks. The last petition with 40,000 signatures was delivered by Zack Kopplin during the testimony Tuesday. The publishers did heed scientists and those who signed the climate change denial petition. It’s something.