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Texas Students Get Biased History – The Organization for World Peace

It is logical to assume that each state or province provides the same teaching materials to its students. However, in the United States, this is not the case. In an article titled “Two States. Eight manuals. Two American Stories,” the New York Times reported that textbooks in different fields relate historical events in different ways. The depiction of these events depends on each state’s central political climate: in right-wing Texas, textbooks twist history to accommodate right-wing biases, even though the books come from the same publisher and credit the same authors as those products for California. A California textbook, for example, teaches that the Second Amendment allowed certain gun regulations. It’s never mentioned in a Texas textbook.

Differences between textbooks are influenced by many factors, such as political and religious beliefs. Conservatives push for more patriotic or religious education than liberals, who want to focus more on marginalized groups in society. While a California panel asked textbook giant McGraw-Hill to avoid using the word “massacre” to describe Native American attacks on whites in the 19and century, a Texas panel asked the publisher to put more emphasis on how the Protestant Great Awakening inspired the Declaration of Independence. The New York Times reported that the Texas panel was a mix of “educators, parents, business representatives and a Christian pastor and politician.” In contrast, the California panel was made up of educators.

The motivation of each state panel is also evident in the way the books discuss black history and white resistance to civil rights. Where a California textbook notes that white people moved away from diverse neighborhoods to flee new black residents, a Texas textbook says these people moved away to escape “crime and congestion.”

We weren’t born to hate. On the contrary, hatred is taught. Although the Texas and California textbooks have the same publisher, the different language in the Texas textbooks changes the way it depicts historical events and alludes to several biases within the state panel. These biases will distort the way Texas children learn. It is up to educational institutions to ensure that they are not teaching a biased representation of history.