Texas approves new guidelines to social studies curriculum

Posted May 23, 2010 by Jason Smith
After months of debate, the Texas State Board of Education has approved new guidelines to their Social Studies Curriculum.
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As reported by RTT News, the adoption goes for both primary and secondary levels, and the vote was cast at nine to five. Possible controversial amendments to the curriculum are teaching that the UN could be a threat to personal freedom and that the founding fathers may not have intended a complete separation of church and state.
Additionally, students will be taught the benefits of US free-market economy and the results of government taxation.
Adding to the controversy, the board has also decided to remove Thomas Jefferson's name off the list of enlightenment thinkers in the world-history curriculum. The board received criticism for this move, but they also said that he would be studied in other areas of curriculum within U.S. history and government.
The Associated Press has stated that this adoption covers 4.8 million students over the next 10 years, and that it will ultimately be reflected in textbooks nationwide.