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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

How Texas' School Board Tried to Pretend Slavery Never Happened and Why Your Kid's School May Be Next

Bryan Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Monroe

By incorporating their own conservative values into guidelines for history classes, the Texas Board of Education may force the entire nation to adopt their right-wing re-write of history.

Testing Companies, Corporate Lobbyists, and Texas Textbooks

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When it comes to what content should be taught and the best approaches for teaching, we are in the middle of an all out culture war.

Approved Textbook Changes from Texas School Board of Education

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

- Colorful introduction by McGruff, the History Dog - Great Depression now caused by Christopher Hitchens - More recipes for homemade pralines and g...

The New Texan Textbooks' Silver Lining

Barbara Pitkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Barbara Pitkin

Amid all the furor over who or what makes it into the curriculum in Texas, we must not neglect the more pressing imperative to equip students with the analytical skills to evaluate and interpret evidence from the past.

Jeremy Binckes

Texas Board Of Education To Vote On Controversial Curriculum Changes | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Texas State Board of Education will decide on Friday whether to approve a host of controversial changes to the state's school curriculum. Board me...

The Crazy Imaginings of the Texas Board of Education

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Conservatives and Christian evangelicals have taken over the Texas Board of Education and they are right now in the process of rewriting the American history our children will learn.

The Fight Against Reality's Bias in Education

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

The TX school board recently decided to take the Fox News approach to education. It's part of a conservative effort to skew what our children are being taught in school by "playing the ref."

Reading and Writing and 'Rithmetic

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Texas Board of Education has added to the study of evolution a requirement that delighted those who have long been troubled by the whole idea of evolution and who are, themselves, living proof that evolution does not occur in all humans.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.