I think it significant that the participants were elected. We'll see the reaction of the general TX population .
The educational system has some fairly homogenous ideas about what is acceptable to present to impressionable young minds, unfortunately it is many times one sided . For example, the idea that everyone should line up to help those in perceived need without thought as to why they got there. & it's no different at one's place of employment. We step on these bandwagons, everyone rides, with the person who says "Why are'nt they helping themselves" being looked upon as heartless. Maybe there should be the subject that it's OK to have different views.
As for minorities, IMO many of them got a raw deal, but that's hopefully in the past, so they/we need to get along with life. But we still have bigotry, which is unfortunate, but again it's there & we need to move on. Insecurity will create bigotry quicker than anything!
It would be nice if our educators were well versed enough to present all sides to an issue, allow debate & establish why some things were acceptable, not acceptable or neither! Then the system would be teaching people the ability to reason through an issue.
But, similiar to what you are thinking, I to believe the pendulum has swung much too far to one sided presentations.
I can remember being taught of the Crusades, though there was considerable time spent on the subject, I remember none of the detail as to why or what. As I have gone further in life & become hopefully more literate, I find that what was presented was insignificant in world events but the actions were not!
Why is what Israel does not OK, while what Palestine & the Arabic nations do is OK? Which nations treat their citizenry better? Maybe that would make a good subject for a lesson plan.
But beyond this I hope that the discussion of what's being done in TX is less about religion & more about what children nationwide are being taught on all subjects relevant to everyday life.
Subroc - Thanks for the links .