Texas Ultra-conservatives Re-write History
A group of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade:
Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.
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