Posts Tagged ‘Texas textbook controversy’

March 15th, 2010

Texas Board of Ed. ratifies new textbook standards

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Last Friday, the Texas Board of Education ratified—with a seven-vote margin—a series of controversial new textbook standards, reports TPM’s Justin Elliot.

March 9th, 2010

A new twist in the Texas textbook case

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Justin Elliot of Talking Points Memo reports that Don McLeroy, the “top conservative activist on the powerful Texas Board of Education, who rejects evolution and has pushed for a revisionist right-wing U.S. history curriculum,” has gotten the boot.

February 20th, 2010

The (religious) textbook wars

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At The Faith Divide, Eboo Patel weighs in on the ongoing “culture war” over the religious content of textbooks in Texas.

February 12th, 2010

“How Christian Were the Founders?”

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In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, Russell Shorto takes a long look at the Texas textbook controversy. Shorto comes to this journalistic party a little late, but his article is noteworthy both for its detail and for the way that he spins the article out into a discussion of the “Christian nation” debate.

January 29th, 2010

The strange case of Texas’s textbooks

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At Washington Monthly, Mariah Blake comments on the ongoing controversy over Texas’s once-in-a-decade revision of its textbook standards. With standards for such subjects as English and science already revised, the current debate centers on Texas’s social studies standards. As Blake notes, textbook battles are “nothing new, especially in Texas.” But the current situation is unique in two ways.