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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