On March 11th, the Texas State Board of Education cast a preliminary vote in favor of changes that will make textbooks more conservative and religious and include fewer mentions of minorities. These changes apply to curriculums ranging from social studies and history to science and economics.
The conservative-leaning board voted against discussion of "freedom of religion" saying that the Founding Fathers were using Biblical ideas in the establishment of the country. They are changing all mentions of "capitalism" to "free market". They are leaving influential Hispanics, African-Americans and women out of the new curriculum.
Texas is one of the most influential states when it comes to textbook production. The changes made to education standards in Texas will affect textbooks all across the country. These changes will appear in schools in your neighborhood.
The final vote is in May. There is still time to tell the board members in Texas that you don't want their conservative curriculum showing up in your schools.
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