ERIC Number: EJ887548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-9
Reference Count: N/A
Debate over Social Studies Shows Little Sign of Abating
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v29 n33 p1, 20 Jun 2010
The Texas board of education which consists of 15-member elected body drew national attention as a bloc of staunch conservatives largely succeeded in putting its stamp on a revised set of social studies standards. The debate was marked by tussles over such matters as the separation of church and state, the representation of minority figures and the role of discrimination in U.S. history, and, more broadly, whether the school board's conservatives were seeking to infuse the standards with a particular political ideology. The voting may be over, but the debate continues, and questions remain about the future of the standards, and of the board itself. The author reports on standards debate that shows little sign of abating and puts Texas board in hot seat. The author discusses how some lawmakers want the controversial social studies standards revisited and seek to rein in the state school board's authority.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Social Studies, Debate, Academic Standards, Textbooks, State Church Separation, History Instruction, High School Students, United States History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas