Texas School Board Approves Textbooks That Have Moses As Honorary Founding Father, Old Testament as Roots of US Democracy
After a long battle over the Texas State Board of Education’s treatment of topics like the Civil War, climate change, Islam, and Christianity in its social studies classroom, the board has approved several dozen new textbooks for use in the classroom.
The books were approved despite a late-minute attempt by right-wing organization Truth in Texas to remove facts about Islam and coverage of the civil rights and replace it with information about Young Earth Creationism.
The group was reportedly unable to make any “substantive changes.”
Despite all that, the Texas Freedom Network reports that “the next textbooks also include passages that suggest Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution and that the roots of democracy can be found in the Old Testament. Scholars from across the country have said such claims are inaccurate and mislead students about the historical record.”
The new textbooks will, however, remove “information promoting climate change denialism, offensive cartoons comparing the beneficiaries of affirmative action to space aliens, making clear that slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War, and revising passages that had promoted unfair negative stereotypes of Muslims.”