You may or may not have heard about the changes that are likely going through in the Texas Social Studies curriculum soon (Sometime this week I believe).
Supporters of the changes say that the changes will bring the study of History in Texas schools more in line with what the founding fathers had in mind for the country when they established it. They feel that these changes will eliminate much of the bias that they see in the curriculum.
Opponents are concerned with the way the curriculum hides and de-emphasizes issues like civil rights, separation of church and state, and multicultural contributions to US History.
Regardless of how you feel about this, for or against these changes, I highly encourage you to get informed about the coming changes, and send in your comments if you feel so inclined.
Proposed SBOE Rules. The proposed Social Studies changes are at the bottom of this page.
Here are a few articles that highlight some points about the changes:
Texas curriculum fight as orchestrated over more than a decade – Austin American-Statesmen
Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns – The Guardian
At Board of Education, church-state fight grows – Dallas News
Texas clergy to SBOE: Don’t downplay church and state separation
Historians speak out against proposed Texas textbook changes – Washington Post
Admittedly, many of these are critical of the proposed changes, so if you are for the changes, please read carefully.