Mavis Knight
Before voting against the new curriculum standards, Democratic board member Mavis Knight of Dallas said, “I cannot go back to my community and say I participated in perpetrating this fraud on the students of this state.”

The State Board of Education today gave tentative approval to new curriculum standards for history and other social studies, following three days of contentious debate, The Dallas Morning News reports. Much of the debate centered around race and religion. As it turns out, many of the board members simply don’t agree with the separation of church and state, and they certainly don’t want schoolchildren in Texas learning about blacks or Hispanics. But do you know what might be an even bigger threat than teaching kids about minorities or the First Amendment? You guessed it — teaching them the difference between sex and gender. The Austin American-Statesman reports:

Board member Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, objected to a standard for a high school sociology course that addressed the difference between sex and gender. It was eliminated in a 9-to-6 vote.

She worried that a discussion of that issue would lead students into the world of “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else.”

“This is very, very inappropriate for high school students,” Cargill said.

But board member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, countered that it was naïve to think high school students would not know that some of their classmates were gay, bisexual or transgender.

“It is no secret to them, so you might as well bring it out into the open and discuss it,” Knight said.

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