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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013

We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas.  We have been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably, back in 2009, new standards were created to include critical statements about […]

We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas.  We have been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably, back in 2009, new standards were created to include critical statements about the theory of evolution.

But it’s not just what’s included in books – it’s also, sometimes, books themselves. In some Texas public schools, we occasionally find works of classic literature challenged – or outright banned.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about some of the literary works most often challenged or banned in Texas public schools and libraries, and we talk about current science standards in Texas classrooms, and whether they undermine the teaching of evolution.

Also: how the health exchange signup process is going so far here in Greater Houston…a preview of Houston’s 34th annual Festival Chicano…and integrating Houston’s special needs kids into society through dance.

Houston Matters gets underway at noon on KUHF 88.7 FM. To join our conversation on air, call 713-440-8870 or e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org.

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