Here’s everything you need to now about the proposed history curriculum from the Texas Board of Education, courtesy of Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson:
The new standards (PDF) would follow a conservative Christian, revisionist view of history.
Jerry Coyne has a perfect (actual!) screenshot from the proposed standards (the blue words are the proposed changes):
Phil Plait explains why this isn’t just a problem for young Texans:
… Texas has such a huge school system that textbook publishers will base their books in large part on the Texas standards, and these books will then be sold in other states. So these handful of ultra-conservative rabid far-right lunatics will actually be affecting the way children are taught all over the country. That means my kid. Your kids. All of them.
This is all happening despite the fact that one of the head Creationists on the Board, Don McLeroy, was defeated in an election… but he still has a few months to torch the education standards before he gets kicked out.