Texas rewrites history

Posted by J.D. On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3 comments
Currently, the Texas Board of Education is attempting to rewrite the state's social studies curriculum.

The reason that this is important for people even outside of Texas is the fact that Texas is one of the nation’s largest purchaser of textbooks. It isn't cost effective for publishers to produce various versions of their texts. As such, Texas has the power to set the education curriculum for many other states.

And how does Texas want to rewrite it?

Texas public school students should learn about Newt Gingrich and other conservative politicians but not liberals, according to the first draft of proposed standards for the state's high school history books.

The Texas Board of Education will decide the future curriculum. The board is comprised of 15 members, 10 of which are Republicans.

Republican Don McLeroy has been spearheading the work to drive out any liberal education and replace it with his views.

The first draft recommends students studying U.S. history since Reconstruction be able to identify "significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority."

I'm sure you are familiar with Newt Gingrich.

Schlafly was a major opponent to the Equal Rights Amendment. She founded the "Stop the ERA" movement with the STOP standing for "Stop Taking our Privileges". Schlafly argued that should the amendment pass, women would actually lose valuable rights. Which is more than a little ridiculous.

The text of the ERA amendment is thus:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Equality of rights shall not be denied. How terrifying! Thank God Schlafly stepped in and prevented such a horrible thing from coming to pass!

The Moral Majority was created by Jerry Falwell. Remember him? The sweet Christian man who stated "so-called gay folks would just as soon kill you as look at you." and upon the ruling of Brown vs. Board of Education stated:

If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God's word and had desired to do the Lord's will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made," Falwell boomed from above his congregation in Lynchburg. "The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line."

But yeah, sure, let's make sure we add them to the history course and teach children about how great they were. They have done so much for America.

Make no mistake, this is a movement to indoctrinate children with Conservative only beliefs and values.

As an editorial for the Waco Tribune-Herald notes:

For instance, the state board last week by a 7-6 vote tentatively approved requiring that students study conservative political groups of the 1980s and 1990s — yet with no similar requirement that liberal groups from the same period be studied. That means students must learn about such critical figures as Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly. Right...

...Plus there was a spirited argument among board members over whether hip-hop should be replaced by an emphasis on country and western music...

As we all know, country and western music has had a much larger impact on popular culture than that flash in the pan hip-hop thing. Right?

It gets worse though.

The Republican majority voted against requiring Texas textbooks and teachers to cover the Democratic late senator Edward Kennedy, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and leading Hispanic civil rights groups such as LULAC and MALDEF....

...“McLeroy was successful with another of his noteworthy amendments: to include documents that supported Cold War-era Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his contention that the U.S. government was infiltrated with Communists in the 1950s.”...

...“Republican board member Cynthia Dunbar unsuccessfully tried to strike the names of Scopes monkey trial attorney Clarence Darrow and Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey from the standards. Asked by another member about her opposition to Garvey, Dunbar explained, according to the Texas Tribune: “My concern is that he was born in Jamaica and was deported.”...

Why would we need to cover Ted Kennedy? I mean, he was only the fourth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. His older brothers were President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy (of course, who knows how long either of those guys will be in Texas' curriculum). He was awarded honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Order of the Merit of Chile among others. He played a major role in passing many laws over his 46 years in the U.S. Senate. But he was a liberal...so screw him.

And we are gonna be whitewashing McCarthy in Texas. You know...that guy that was Red hunting, destroying lives and making wild accusations to the point where the Senate even censured him. Yeah....let's teach students how good he was for America.

Many Conservatives have been attempting to rehabilitate McCarthy for years now, Ann Coulter being one of the notable ones. See the thing is, America is a free country. In a free country, you can be a Communist. We don't believe in thought police in this country. Everyone is allowed to have whatever political leanings and opinions he or she wants.

Except in Texas, apparently.


Anonymous said...

So it's ok for liberals to have spent years systematically rewriting text books to fit their views but not conservatives? I'm confused. I also wonder why it seems as though liberals are all for freedom of speech as long as it fits with their opinions. "In a free country, you can be a Communist. We don't believe in thought police in this country." ah but communist wish to take away that right and have thought police. look at China. "Why would we need to cover Ted Kennedy?" true we should talk about him but lets tell the whole story shall we? "Make no mistake, this is a movement to indoctrinate children with Conservative only beliefs and values." which is bad because that would go against the indoctrination they currently recieve via the liberal teachers union. The real bitc- of it is i firmly believe all sides should be covered so a child can make a decision based from a full explanation instead of the one-sided arguements they get now with or without these text book changes. the quoted left and right wing views of freedom of speech are only beleivable so long as you wear blinders on to filter out the hypocrisy. Ken

The Modern Left said...

So it's ok for liberals to have spent years systematically rewriting text books to fit their views but not conservatives? I'm confused.

Well...since Fox news claims it...it must be true, right? Clearly, you are confused. Find me a single reliable source that "liberals to have spent years systematically rewriting text books". Don't have one? That might be why you are posting nonsense like this as "anonymous".

ah but communist wish to take away that right and have thought police. look at China.

China is authoritarian with a strict central government....which is kind of the opposite of Communism which requires a classless, stateless and oppression-free society.

If you are going to try to argue, at least know what you are talking about.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what go to antique book stores or go online and find old outdated history books and compare them as I did to the modern texts and you will see what I speek of. don't get me wrong sometimes changing things are a good thing like negro or nigger in a text book to black (not african american I have freinds born on the islands that take offence to being labeled african american) also i went with anonymous as a default note my name at the end. You may be partially right about China however there government IS based off communism that was only one example look at Cuba or communist era Russia and the list goes on none of these countries have freedom of speech unless it is in agreement with the government. Communism is the perfect paper government it works great until humanity steps in and greed and the lazy take over. People speek of the greatness of welfare and how it helps the poor but what it does is create a new slave caste dependent on others instead of forcing the people on it to make changes in there life to better themselves. Again don't get me wrong I am all for helping the poor get back on there feet but to truly accomplish that will require a complete restructure of the welfare system such as putting money toward the education of the individual and limiting the time on welfare. I should point out that knowing what one is talking about goes both ways. Ken

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