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Texas and the Politics of Abstinence-Only Textbooks


by Alexandra S. Dimick & Michael W. Apple — May 02, 2005

The Texas State Board of Education has recently approved health textbooks that teach abstinence-only sexuality education and that define marriage explicitly as only a union between a man and a woman. As one of the largest textbook markets in the country, what Texas decides can and does have an impact well beyond its borders. This is an instance of a much larger movement, one that contests what education is for, what values it is supposed to instill, what and whose knowledge is considered “official,” and what counts as legitimate pedagogy.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 02, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11855, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:35:13 AM

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  • Alexandra Dimick
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    ALEXANDRA SCHINDEL DIMICK is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former middle school life science teacher. Her research focuses on gender and science in education.
  • Michael Apple
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    MICHAEL W. APPLE is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has written extensively on the relationship between conservative movements and educational realities. Among his most recent books are Official Knowledge: Democratic Education in a Conservative Age and Educating the “Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality.
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