Bells: No. It's not important. Well, that really depends on what you mean. The US is a diverse place. Lots of different groups are constantly fighting to try to mandate the teaching of their own preferred versions of history, religion, politics etc. Referring to "red states", I assume you mean that certain Republican legislators and/or governors have introduced or want to introduce laws that constrain what is taught to students in their states. If that's what you're talking about, then yes, I have been aware of that for some time now. Thanks for asking. John Howard ceased to be Prime Minister in 2007. He is no longer in a position to directly influence what is taught to Australian students. Why are you telling me this, like I'm unaware? Perhaps if you don't immediately leap to conclusions about what I believe or think or know, it might be better. You could always ask, for instance, if you want to know. I have some knowledge of DeSantis and his "anti-woke" legislation. The knowledge that I have was one reason I expressed the desire to know more about some details. You don't need to start with an assumption that I'm ignorant, Bells. Doing so is waste of your my time and, actually, more of a waste of yours as you try to tell me how to suck eggs. I'm so glad I have you here to tell me these things. (Seriously?) This is where you could have started, saving yourself some time and effort. I was hoping for a first-hand account of the legislation, actually, not a fourth-hand account. Here we have a rather long chain: legislation -> curriculum -> teacher -> television report -> article about television report -> Bells -> James. I would have preferred something more along the lines of: legislation -> Bells -> James. Just saying. I'm actually aware of all this background. What I wrote was "I would be interested to see some details about this. Are there certain prescribed texts or curricula that will mandate this teaching?" Admittedly, I could have been more specific about what I was looking for. See, the kind of thing I'm wondering is whether this curriculum item stems from a specific provision in the legislation, or whether the Board of Education has its own agenda, or whether it has been captured by people pushing a particular (racist) agenda. Literally outlawed critical thinking, eh? Are you sure about that? Or is that just a bit of an exaggeration? Please note: I don't disagree with you about attempting to obscure the realities of US history etc. Thanks. That's more the sort of thing I was after. Does the curriculum instruct not to discuss systemic racism? Or does it seek to downplay it by pretending it doesn't exist? I'd like to know more about that. What, specifically, can and can't be covered? Excuse me? How could I "question" a text I had not seen? What on earth gave you the impression that I "don't believe it"? You're way ahead of yourself here, Bells. Don't buy into Tiassa's bullshit about me. That man is a hate-filled unrepentant liar. What confusion? Again, just to remind you, I wrote: "I would be interested to see some details about this. Are there certain prescribed texts or curricula that will mandate this teaching?" Did somebody make it a crime to request information, while I wasn't looking, or something? If this is the reception I'm going to get whenever I ask a question on a sensitive topic, I think I might be better off looking elsewhere for answers. That happens when the forum has low traffic. All posters stand out.