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Texas Approves New Curriculum

State Board of Education in the US state of Texas has approved new guidelines to the school curriculum standards for U.S. history and other social studies courses, reports said Saturday. The new curriculum changes include teaching that the UN could be a threat to personal freedom and that the Founding Fathers may not have intended a complete separation of church and state.

The board voted nine-to-five to adopt the new curriculum for primary and secondary schools. The board, which is dominated by Christian conservatives, has 10 Republicans and five Democrats.

As per the new curriculum, the students will be taught the benefits of US free-market economics and the results of government taxation, which could harm economic progress.

One of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson has been dropped from a list of enlightenment thinkers in the world-history curriculum, who had developed the idea that church and state should be separate. It is said that the board had come under criticism for removing Jefferson's name earlier this year, though they pointed out that Jefferson would still be studied in other areas of the curriculum such as U.S. history and government.

Texas is reportedly said to have about five million schoolchildren and has substantial influence on school curriculums across the US and the alterations are expected to have a nationwide impact.

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