Texas Values Testifies to Protect Civic Responsibility and Religious Freedom Education in Texas High Schools 

Today, Texas Values will testify in front of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to protect civic responsibility and religious freedom education in Texas high schools. SBOE, which oversees all 1,200 school districts in Texas, is reviewing draft documents for high school Social Studies standards. Texas Values will testify today to make sure Moses is not removed from the standards and that the Establishment clause that details religious freedom in the Constitution is taught to students as well. 

Additionally, the U.S. Government draft removed teaching students the foundations of being good citizens which includes civic affairs, serving in the military, voting, serving on a jury, observing laws, paying taxes, and serving the public good. There were additional issues with the standards with deletions and additions that do not provide a holistic approach to teaching Social Studies. 

Mary Elizabeth Castle, Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Values said, “Students should be taught accurate and fair historical events. Religious historical figures like Moses and the exact words of the Establishment clause should not be removed from the classroom. Students have a right to know American founding principles and the foundations of how to be good citizens.”

Texas Values made a list of recommendations to the board on standards that should be reinstated and other standards that should not be added. For more information on these recommendations, please contact Texas Values at info@txvalues.org

SBOE will have the first vote on the high school Social Studies standards in September 2022 and the final vote will be in November 2022. 

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.