How Christian Were the Founders?

February 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The New York Times asks in last Sunday’s magazine. Regardless of how you answer the question, it’s interesting to see the extent to which the contents of public school textbooks across the United States are determined by a board that is elected by and represents only a single state.

One of the most interesting issues brought up in the article is the notion that public school curriculum, at least in Texas, is determined by an elected board comprised of members who may or may not have any expertise in pedagogy or the subjects whose standards they set. It’s certainly valid to seek community input when making curriculum decisions, but the notion of a purely elected, non-expert board reflects the general anti-intellectual mood gripping this country. To make matters worse, it seems that the Texas curriculum promotes anti-intellectual ideals, rather than encouraging students to think analytically or to take a critical view of elements of history or society.

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