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State Board Passes Controversial History Standards

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      State Board Passes Controversial History Standards
      Dena Richardson/KFOX News Reporter

      Posted: 5:08 pm MDT May 21, 2010Updated: 8:32 pm MDT May 21, 2010
      EL PASO, Texas -- The Texas State Board of Education passed a controversial proposal on Friday to revise history and social studies guidelines for elementary, middle and high school students.

      The revised guidelines passed in a 9 to 5 vote for the high school curriculum, as well as a 9 to 5 vote for the elementary and middle school curriculum, according to the Texas Education Agency.

      New textbooks containing the revised curriculum will have a have a more conservative view.

      The new standards have been criticized by educators and civil rights leaders.

      Several groups, including the NAACP, were calling to delay the vote, but a motion to postpone voting until July failed.

      Hundreds of changes were made to the guidelines.

      Some of the changes to the standards include referring to the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic" rather than "democratic."

      Plus students will be required to evaluate the role of global organizations such as the United Nations in undermining U.S. sovereignty.

      Students will also be required to study the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar.

      The board decided to include President Barack Obama's name in high school history textbooks instead of simply mentioning the election of the first American black president.

      And the board rejected a move to classify historic periods as B.C.E. and C.E. instead of the traditional B.C. and A.D.
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