May 26, 2024

Emile Lester Talks about Texas Curriculum in Radio Interview

Emile Lester, assistant professor of political science, traveled to Texas to testify before the State Board of Education on its social studies curriculum. He was interviewed on Red River Radio. According to the story:

“Both conservative and liberal groups have raised concerns over the curriculum standards, which were last updated in 2010. Some topics at issue are how the history of slavery and the civil war are taught. Another issue: the extent to which religion influenced the founding fathers. For example, those 2010 standards describe Moses, from the Bible, as a major influence on the nation’s founding documents.”

Said Lester: “For example TEKS 1C of the high school government course asks students to view Moses as a major influence on our founding documents. Now as a Jewish person, Moses holds a special place in my heart, but there’s no evidence that our founders had Moses in mind when they were drafting the constitution. In fact, in two letters to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams openly denied the 10 commandments were the basis of our constitution and our legal system.”