Saying that history teaching has tilted to the left, conservative school board members have modified Texas’ newly approved social studies curriculum, reports the New York Times.
The new curriculum stresses the Christian beliefs of the Founders.
Thomas Jefferson, disliked for coining “separation of church and state,” was dumped from the list of people “whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century.” He was replaced by St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone.
Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced an amendment requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others.”
It was defeated on a party-line vote.
Board members decided students should learn about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.”
Students also will study “the unintended consequences” of the Great Society legislation, affirmative action and Title IX legislation.
Because Texas buys so many textbooks, it influences what’s available in other states.
Update: The changes are fair and balanced, writes Greg Halvorson on American Thinker.