The Texas Board of Ed met last week to discuss preliminary revisions to the state's social studies curriculum. By way of background, Texas enrolls nearly 5 million public school children; 2.3 million are Hispanic, 1.6 million are White, and 672K are Black. The sixteen member board voting on the curriculum is overwhelmingly White.
Here's what they defeated:
- a proposal that students understand that the government is prohibited "from protecting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others." Why? Because such proposals reflect "hostility toward faith, specifically Christianity." No kidding.
- a requirement that high school students understand the difference between "sex and gender" and the social construction of gender identity. Because then kids would want to talk about "transgender, transvestites and who knows what else." And then the sky would fall.
- various amendments put forth to acknowledge the race, sex or religion of different groups who have contributed to American history, and to diversity the list of non-White historical figures that school kids are expected to know by name. Because race doesn't matter, and the kids already know plenty of heroes by name. So what if they're mostly White?
And here's what passed:
- an amendment removing the requirement that sociology students "explain how institutional racism is evident in American society." Because apparently it's not.
- a measure to delete hip-hop from the list of "significant cultural movements," despite approval to add "country and western" music to the list.
- references in a section on US history to the "laws of nature and nature's God."