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General News    H4'ed 11/18/18

Texas Board of Ed Votes to Include Slavery as a Central Topic In History of Civil War

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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. 'What the use of 'states' rights' is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery,'  board member Marisa Perez-Diaz said. The board also reversed the decision to remove  Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the curriculum. The standards go into effect at the middle and high school levels in 2019, and at the elementary level in 2020. 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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