Yesterday afternoon, KERA broadcast Trey Kay’s radio documentary about the culture wars surrounding Texas’ public school curriculum.  The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom provides a rigorous and balanced exploration of the controversies surrounding what is taught in Texas public schools.  As Kay reports:

For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and should not be taught in public school classrooms. While there have been fights over just about every academic subject, debates over history, evolution, God and country generate the most heat.

“The Long Game” explores the debate over CSCOPE, Texas’ resistance to the Common Core State Standards, and the ongoing battle over biology standards.  Kay’s analysis looks behind the headlines to probe how Texas’ political and religious history has shaped what is taught in the state’s classrooms. If you missed it, you can access the recording here.