Texas Conservatives Re-Write History
On March 12, 2010 the Texas Board of Education voted to change that states school curriculum and severely alter the way that economics, social studies, and history is written in its student’s textbooks.
As the New York Times put it, “The Texas Board of Education…will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.”
So guess how many conservatives there are on the board? Well, since the board voted 10-5 to remove teachings about Thomas Jefferson I’d say 10. Why eliminate teachings about our third president? Because he was the lead proponent for separation of church and state. Instead conservative board members want teach how our country was founded on Christian teachings.
The board also voted to replace the word “democratic” with “constitutional republic” and to add the history of the Black Panthers during the Civil Rights Movement. Why? You know to show there were violent black protests during the civil rights era, not just the peaceful protests of Martin Luther King Jr. I’m a little surprised they didn’t vote to take MLK out of the books all together.
Additions the board also voted to include were teachings about the NRA, and the Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is, as they put it, “the nation’s leading conservative think tank” whose leaders are a bunch of white men and two white women.
Let’s break down what this will look like. The Texas Board of Education has voted to change school textbooks in the following ways:
- White Christian Republicans:Good
- Black Civil Rights Protesters: Bad
- Hispanics: Neither Good or Bad because they are omitted.
- NRA: Good
- Separation of Church and State: Again omitted along with our third President Thomas Jefferson of the United States, and I assume the Louisiana Purchase, and the Declaration of Independence.
- Guns: Good
- Right to Think differently than Conservative Texans: BAD
If you think this doesn’t affect you and your children you are wrong. Since Texas is the largest buyer of textbooks in the nation, they set the standard for the books used all over. This is public school people. Our tax dollars being used to brainwash school kids to think just like conservatives do.
A final vote will take place in May, but it’s likely to have the same outcome. You thought it was hard to study with you kids before, better buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy lifetime.