[Ed. – The bluing of Texas continues. The state’s educational standards for social studies previously listed three causes of the American Civil War: sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery, in that order. Now they’re being revised.]
The Texas State Board of Education has revised its standards for social studies curriculums in public schools to say that the expansion of slavery played “the central role” in causing the American Civil War.
The revised standards also retained Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller as potential subjects of study, after it was reported this year that those names might be removed.
The changes, approved last week, were an attempt to streamline social studies curriculums in the state after some teachers said there was too much material to cover; they were not meant as a total revision. But the process still garnered national attention, in part because of Texas’ large population and its outsize influence on the textbook publishing industry nationwide.
Texas is home to about one-tenth of the country’s public school students, and the textbooks that cater to the state’s guidelines are also bought by other school systems across the country.
Under the current educational standards in Texas, adopted in 2010, slavery is listed as one of several causes of the Civil War, after sectionalism and states’ rights.