The crusade of the Religious Right to shape Texas public schools in the sixties, seventies and eighties had an impact on the direction and comprehensiveness of education received by students. Although religious rightists lost in most confrontations with public education, their influence came in delaying the development of new education programs and in altering the programs that already existed. Attacks from religious rightists also provoked some overreaction from the educational establishment and caused some confusion by exploiting supposed weaknesses in the public education system.
The Author: James R. Durham spent fifteen years as a teacher and administrator in private and public education, and completed his doctorate in history from Texas Tech University in 1992. He is currently an associate professor of history at Western Texas College.