Southern Methodist University

Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.

Now the state is considering revisions to the 2010 standards, which a group of academics slammed in a report Thursday. Among their complaints: lessons downplaying slavery as the Civil War's cause, exaggerating the influence of Moses on U.S. democracy and applauding the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich's Contract with America.

The report suggests some heavy editing, but it remains to be seen whether the board's 10 Republicans and five Democrats will comply when they...

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