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"Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans

Shannon Speed | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Shannon Speed

The Texas State Board of Education wants to reinforce this knowledge gap, forcing Texas high schoolers to learn a sanitized version of U.S. history in the name of being "pro-American."

Texas Considers Adding Controversial New Course

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering adding a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, a mov...

Texas Just Significantly Improved Its Textbook Review Process

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, pote...

Texas Adopts Alternative Math Courses

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education adopted two new math courses on Thursday that are designed to cover much of the same material offe...

A Look Ahead at 2014 in Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Comedy
Steve Nelson

Governor Rick Perry misses the press conference. His staff reports that he was still trying to '...figure out what all these numbers mean' and that he hadn't been able to get his hair ready in time.

Evolution Battle Engulfs Education Board Yet Again

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education exten...

Christians, Can We Drop This 'Creationism' Thing Already?

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

I can say with integrity, my faith is richer for my belief in evolution, not worse. So I'm asking, Christians, can we quit fighting this battle? Can we reevaluate what truly deserves protest and lobbying dollars?

Rebecca Klein

Creationists Invited To State Review Of Biology Textbooks | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

It seems as though creationists could have a sizable influence in the decision over what biology textbooks students in Texas will use in the coming ye...

Texas And (Part Of) Louisiana Square Off In Evolution Debate

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Deep in the Bible Belt, some thoughtful politicians have found a way to say no to creationism. And these same leaders are actually making changes that will make a significant difference in the lives of students.

Re-Birth of a Nation?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The Birth of a Nation provides the key to explaining both the rise of the Tea Party and the totally irrational hatred that a substantial fraction of Americans holds for President Obama.

The Verdict Is In For Texas Schools: Will Creationism Be Taught In Science Class?

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 09.21.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education delivered a blow to social conservatives Friday, giving final approval to supplemental high s...

Texas Schools To Revisit Evolution Debate Under New Leadership

AP | By JIM VERTUNO | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas State Board of Education meets this week for the first time under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by Gov. Rick Pe...

Separation of Church and State: PBS Airs Documentary of a Mother's Story

Chris Benson | Posted 07.11.2011 | Chicago
Chris Benson

At a time when it seemed few in Vashti McCollum's conservative Champaign, Illinois community dared to question the connection between patriotism and religion, McCollum hit the "pause button."

Creationism In Texas: A Bit Of Good News Followed By A Ton Of Bad

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's frightening that these are the "experts" the Texas State Board of Education wants to review science materials. Their positions are well beyond non-science and have entered the realm of nonsense.

Texas Curriculum Changes Prompt Civil Rights Groups To Seek Review Of Public Schools In Lone Star State

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HOUSTON — Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators ...

Four Days IN Education Nation

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

NBC says it's going to do Education Nation again next year. Let's hope so. There's certainly room for improvement.

Texas Board Of Education Approves Resolution To Limit Islam References

AP | APRIL CASTRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as soci...

Why Johnny can't think critically

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

School is now back in session, and our children's minds are impressionable vessels. We trust their teachers to take precious care of them. But can we...

Texas Board Of Education Tried To Keep Word 'Slave' Out Of 'Slave Trade'

AP | APRIL CASTRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teachin...

Evolution Revisited

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is with as much embarrassment as pundits are able to muster that I am forced to acknowledge that the Texas Board of Education may now consider itself vindicated by none other than school administrators

Russia, Texas and Evolution

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

Russia is a country would not have seemed a natural ally for Texas. A recent report suggests that fundamentalists in Russia, however, like those in Texas, are concerned with what their children are being taught in schools.

The Texas GOP Is A Grand Old Piece of Work

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Texas -- good barbecue, hot weather, and a brutal history of racial violence. We can add to that one of the most egregious public policy documents in recent memory.

Don't Mess With Texas

Mike Malloy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Malloy

The Texas board of education's newest proposed alteration in the curriculum is even more more sinister than the snow-job they tried to pull last year, as it is less obviously designed by the religious wackos.

Glenn Beck: "Historian" for a Troubled America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Beck's shtick is a backhanded nod to the relevance of history as a discipline and to historians not only as educators, but also as the keepers of the nation's myths.

Misremembering: The Failure to Teach History in America

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

In the US, the issue is becoming one of history being taught differently in Texas than in Maine, and interpreted differently in Virginia than in Ohio. And it is becoming a political tool for polarized pundits.