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Texas Curriculum Standards Revision an Exercise in Politicians Masquerading as Historians

State Board of Education Approves Misleading Standards, Earns Failing Grade, TFN President Says Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller warned that revised social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools, given final approval today by the State Board of Education, mislead students about key topics in American and world history.

“This was just an extended exercise in politicians masquerading as historians,” Miller said. “If the facts didn’t conform to their personal beliefs about the past, board members just ignored what teachers and historians were telling them. If this were a classroom, they would get a failing grade and certainly have failed millions of Texas kids across the state.”

Curriculum work groups made up of educators from across the state had worked for month on revisions to deeply controversial social studies curriculum standards adopted by the board in 2010. Even conservative reviewers have called the 2010 standards a “politicized distortion of history.” As in 2010, however, board members this year tossed out many recommendations from the curriculum teams and rejected appeals from historians and other scholars to correct numerous errors and distortions.

Even some of the improvements in the new standards were muddied by other distortions. For example, the board reversed the 2010 decision to… Read More

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