Texas Basically Turns Moses Into A Founding Father

The Associated Press reports:

Texas’ Board of Education has approved future changes to the history curriculum that retain lessons on Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, as well as instruction about how Moses influenced America’s Founding Fathers and how clashes over states’ rights helped cause the Civil War.

Members gave formal approval Friday to edits “streamlining” how Texas’ 5.4 million public school students learn history beginning next year. They had voted in September to cut Clinton and Keller, but reversed course earlier this week.

Splinter reports:

The Moses Issue has been kicking around the education board for a while now. The crux of it concerns the fact that back in 2010, the board passed new standards for history books. In practice, this meant Moses would pop up all over the opening sections of American history textbooks, along with phrases like “Judeo-Christian values.”

Predictably, this led to a widely-publicized riff in 2014 over whether American students should learn the actual history of the founding of the United States or if they should be fed an alternate history, one in which the Constitution was based mainly off the Bible and the actions of biblical figures like Moses.

NPR reports:

Texas’ Board of Education voted Friday to change the way its students learn about the Civil War. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students will be taught that slavery played a “central role” in the war.

The state’s previous social studies standards listed three causes for the Civil War: sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery, in that order. In September, the board’s Democrats proposed listing slavery as the only cause.

“What the use of ‘states’ rights’ is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery,” Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz, from San Antonio, said at a Tuesday board meeting.