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New Social Studies Texts Challenged in Texas
Four years after state board of education members clashed over history standards in Texas schools, publishers are facing criticism over new textbooks based on those changes.
The Texas Freedom Network, an education advocacy and watchdog group, set up a panel of university faculty to review the books. It found numerous errors and shortcomings. Among them: books that negatively portrayed Muslims as more prone to violence and inaccurately described religions other than Christianity.
Two texts were cited for misinformation on the constitutional requirement of separation of church and state. Another was singled out for using outdated and offensive racial terminology in describing Africans.
Vol. 34, Issue 04, Page 4Published in Print: September 17, 2014, as New Social Studies Texts Challenged in Texas