Education

New Orleans' Schools Ban Texas' Teaching of Creationism, Revisionist History

| by Michael Allen

The Orleans Parish school district (which covers New Orleans, Louisiana) voted on Wednesday to ban textbooks and school curriculum that follow the state of Texas’ standards, reports the The Times-Picayune.

Officials in other states are concerned about Texas’s changes because the state can influence how the nation’s most widely accepted textbooks are written.

The vote was a backlash to the right wing curriculum approved in Texas in 2010, which rewrote certain aspects of history, which included watering down slavery in America, the denial of the Crusades and a false claim that Sen. Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunts were successful.

The new rules state: “No history textbook shall be approved which has been adjusted in accordance with the State of Texas revisionist guidelines nor shall any science textbook be approved which presents creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories… No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach any aspect of religious faith as science or in a science class. No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes."

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