Educating for a "Christian America": Religion and the Texas Social Studies Controversy
March 01, 2012 at 7:30 PM to
March 01, 2012 at 9:00 PM
N201/202 Memorial Union
Dr. Mark Chancey, Professor/Chair of the Dept. of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, will present the 4th Annual Distinguished Religion and Public Life Lecture. His talk will discuss the controversial move by the Texas State Board of Education in 2010 to approve new standards for the state's social studies curriculum. He has been critical of the politicization of the teaching of religion in public schools in Texas and elsewhere. In addition to researching the role of religion in Texas social studies requirements, he has also explored the ways in which public school Bible courses across the country are used to promote particular religious, political, and ideological agendas.
Sponsored by the Rufus Monroe and Sofie Hougaard Paine Endowment for Lectures.