Conservative textbook changes: Texas sex ed curriculum alteration over 10 years (VIDEO).

Texas’ Atrocious Sex Ed Shows What Happens When Conservatives Alter Textbooks

Texas’ Atrocious Sex Ed Shows What Happens When Conservatives Alter Textbooks

Schooled
With Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project.
Sept. 23 2015 12:16 PM

Texas’ Atrocious Sex Ed Shows What Happens When Conservatives Alter Textbooks

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Conservatives keen on rewriting history for America's schoolchildren have, in some corridors of the country, successfully downplayed Thomas Jefferson’s role in founding the country and diminished the role of slavery in the Civil War. Lately, they’ve sought to swap in intelligent design for evolution.

What happens when the revisionists succeed? There's perhaps no more stark example than the damage done over a decade in then-Gov. George W. Bush’s Texas, where the state board of education took on proposed sex-ed textbooks and gutted them, bit by bit. In the video above, Laura Moser explains what happened when political debates seeped into real textbooks from Holt, Rinehart and Winston—and how those revisions have resonated throughout the state. 

Laura Moser writes about education for Slate's Schooled blog. Follow her on Twitter.

Aaron Wolfe is a writer, filmmaker, and obsessive fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Find him at aaron-wolfe.com.