Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Final Analysis

All three states had at least some instance of bias, but the amount and type varied greatly. Overall, California had the most accurate and fair representation of Hinduism. It was the only one out of the three states to have students read parts of Hindu sacred texts. California also had the most complete standards in regard to Christian violence. Whenever Christianity made an impact historically, California made sure to include both positive and negative impacts it had on society and did the same with Hinduism. There was more time dedicated to parts of history Christianity affected, but that appeared to be a symptom of what periods of history and what regions were studied, not because of pro-Christian bias. A student whose religious knowledge came solely from this curriculum would have a fairly even view of the two religions.

Texas had the most blatant bias out of the States covered. Very little time was spent covering Hinduism at any level of Texas schools. When discussing Christianity, Texas standards showed a strong bias. Texas standards either downplayed dark parts of Christian history or left them out entirely. Cultural units gave teachers very little guidance and left a lot of room for teachers to teach their own personal opinions on different cultures. The standards also seemed to try to connect the American government and Christianity on multiple occasions. It is not unlikely these standards would make a student think America is based on Christianity while also knowing almost nothing about Hinduism.

Virginia standards attempted to avoid discussing religion unless it was necessary. Almost no time is spent on either religion, even in the unit on world religions. Whenever violence was committed in the name of religion, only the violence itself was usually discussed, not the religious motivation behind it. This reluctance to cover religion would not cause a bias towards either religion, but it would cause students to not truly understand either religion or their impact on the world throughout history.

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