The Texas State Board of Education is taking testimony in advance of voting on new social studies curriculum standards. “But, as usual in votes before the conservative-led board, the wide-reaching guidelines are full of potential ideological flashpoints,” the Wall Street Journal notes.
Early quibbles over how much prominence to give civil rights leaders such as Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall, and the inclusion of Christmas seem to have been smoothed over. Board Chairman Gail Lowe said at the start of the hearing that Chavez and Christmas will not be removed from the standards….In early testimony, the board was urged to include more examples of influential Mexican Americans in the nation’s history and to further acknowledge Sikhism as a major world religion.
Jonathan Saenz, a lobbyist for the conservative Free Market Foundation came to the hearings seeking greater acknowledgement of the “strong Christian faith” of Martin Luther King and other historical figures in the standards. “He’ll also ask the board to reconsider mentioning makeup entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash of Addison, Texas, more often than Christopher Columbus in the curriculum standard,” the Journal notes. “At present Ms. Ash is mentioned twice; Columbus once.”
(H/T: Matthew Levey)