Texas Board Approves Conservative Curriculum

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The Texas State Board of Education approved a new social studies curriculum Friday, which means millions of school children in the Lone Star State will study history from a more conservative viewpoint.

From the outset, the majority of the board wanted school children to understand the country's conservative influences and Christian roots.

Cynthia Dunbar, member of the Texas Board of Education, appeared on CBN Newschannel's morning program for more on the issue.

Click to play to watch the interview.

That focus was evident in Friday morning's prayer before the final session.

"I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses," said board member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond.

The board's new curriculum standards include a requirement that students evaluate efforts by global organizations to undermine U.S. sovereignty. They will study pillars of the conservative movement, like the moral majority. And the curriculum weakens the rationale for the separation of church and state, directing students to note that those words are not in the Constitution.

"It's a controversial issue of how we interpret the 1st Amendment and I think students ought to get involved in that debate while they're still in high school," board member Don McLeroy, R-Bryan.

Some Democratic members of the board said they did not want a vote last Friday.

"No matter how long it takes let's make sure we do what's best for all of us," said member Laurence Allen, D-Houston.

However, the board went ahead and voted to approve the new standards. Two 9 to 5 votes along party lines ended two years of debate that has extended well beyond state lines. Textbook publishers often use Texas standards as guidelines when developing new educational material.

The question is whether the board's conservative curriculum changes will stand.

Bill White, the state's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, says if he's elected will try and "undo some of the damage" caused by the state board.

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