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Exclamation Texas health textbooks to change wording on marriage

November 6, 2004

Health Textbooks in Texas to Change Wording About Marriage



USTIN, Tex., Nov. 5 (AP) - The Texas Board of Education approved new health textbooks for the state's high schools and middle schools on Friday after the publishers agreed to change wordings in the texts to depict marriage strictly as the union of a man and a woman.

The decision involves two of the biggest textbook publishers and is another example of Texas' exerting its market influence as the nation's second-largest buyer of textbooks. Officials say the decision could affect hundreds of thousands of books in Texas alone.

On Thursday, a board member said that proposed new books ran counter to a Texas law banning the recognition of gay civil unions because the texts used terms like "married partners" instead of "husband and wife."

After hearing the debate on Thursday, one publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, agreed to include a definition of marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and a wife." The definition, which was added to middle school textbooks, was already in Holt's high school editions, Rick Blake, a company spokesman, said.

The other publisher, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, changed phrases like "when two people marry" and "partners" to "when a man and a woman marry" and "husbands and wives."

"The board expressed an interest in having us" make the change, Mr. Blake said. "We thought it was a reasonable thing to do."

But Mr. Blake said the publisher did not plan to add its definition of marriage in books to be sold outside Texas. A spokeswoman for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill did not immediately respond to questions.

A list of the books that were approved by the board, as well as those that were not, is sent to school districts for guidance when they choose books.

One board member, Mary Helen Berlanga, a Democrat, asked the panel to approve the books without the changes, but her proposal was rejected on a 10-to-4 vote.

"We're not supposed to make changes at somebody's whim," Ms. Berlanga said. "It's a political agenda, and we're not here to follow a political agenda."

Another board member, Terri Leo, a Republican, said she was pleased with the publishers' changes. She had led the effort to get the publishers to change the texts, objecting to what she called "asexual stealth phrases" like "individuals who marry."

"Marriage has been defined in Texas, so it should also be defined in our health textbooks that we use as marriage between a man and a woman," Ms. Leo said.

Texas legislators enacted a law last year that prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions. The state already had a ban on gay marriage.

Neither publisher made all the changes that Ms. Leo initially sought. For instance, one passage that was proposed to be added to the teacher's editions read: "Opinions vary on why homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals as a group are more prone to self-destructive behaviors like depression, illegal drug use and suicide."

Randall Ellis, the executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, said the board had overstepped its bounds in suggesting and adopting the new wording.

"Their job is to review for factual information and instead what we see is the insertion of someone's ideology and agenda into the textbook of middle schoolers," Mr. Ellis said.

The board's approval caps months of debate over health textbooks. Much of it had centered on how much sex education should be included.

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To tell you the truth, I'm not as concerned about was adopted, as what they wanted to put in

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To tell you the truth, I'm not as concerned about was adopted, as what they wanted to put in
Yeah I bet they wanted to include pictures of people burning gay people at the stake

I find this disgusting, but hey I don't live America so there's nothing I can do.
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Oh, how very sad that with all the issues in education today that are of great importance, they take the time to address this one.
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Well, it could be worse. Whether there should be mandatory Creationism in school.

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A girl that I went to highschool with was offended that they taught evolution :retard:
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A girl that I went to highschool with was offended that they taught evolution :retard:
Hey, that's a big deal to a lot of people in the heartland. I saw a PBS documentary on that. This issue for many is that if they are going to teach one theory (Darwinism), then they should give equal access to the other.

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Hey, that's a big deal to a lot of people in the heartland. I saw a PBS documentary on that. This issue for many is that if they are going to teach one theory (Darwinism), then they should give equal access to the other.
Sure, in a religion class they should teach creationism. In a science class they teach evolution. :retard:

Frankly, I think public schools should offer religion classes.... maybe some do? Mine didn't. By that I mean offer courses on general religion, not on one religion in particular. Do they do that in the US?
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Sure, in a religion class they should teach creationism. In a science class they teach evolution. :retard:

Frankly, I think public schools should offer religion classes.... maybe some do? Mine didn't. By that I mean offer courses on general religion, not on one religion in particular. Do they do that in the US?
Not at my school, but I guess some high schools could do that.

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They should.... I think that an optional well rounded background in religion could be of use to a number of students.
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A girl that I went to highschool with was offended that they taught evolution :retard:
Darwin's theory is kicked out of 8th grade Biology in our schools.
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Darwin's theory is kicked out of 8th grade Biology in our schools.
Is it okay for me to make the :retard: face at that?
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Darwin's theory is kicked out of 8th grade Biology in our schools.
Why (I thought the European states were so much more enlightened )

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Weird. With all the scientific insights available today you would think that humans become more rational. The opposite seems to be the case.

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Is it okay for me to make the :retard: face at that?
You're most welcome to do it. And to the fact that our Minister of Education thinks 9 year olds aren't capable of learning foreign languages.
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