The Texas Board of "Education" has decided to trump facts with their own political agenda:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html
(I am quoting from this article below, all quotes will be italicized.)
The most frightening phrase in this entire article, to me, anyway, was, "There were no historians, sociologists or economists consulted at the meetings, though some members of the conservative bloc held themselves out as experts on certain topics.
Sure, why not? The only thing at stake is the educational future of Texas students, not to mention a large chunk of the rest of the country. Pshaw; who needs real
The bad news:
* Senator Joe McCarthy is on his way to being vindicated by the far right, which flies blindly in the face of the actual truth.
* An amendment requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others”
was voted down
. Translation: Texas schools will be teaching the utter falsehood that the United States was founded as a Christian, and only
a Christian, nation.
* Thomas Jefferson--Thomas
--is being removed from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century
, chiefly because he coined the phrase, "separation of church and state," which to the far-right lizard brain does not exist. Gonna be awkward when right-wing families travel to Mount Rushmore, isn't it?
* No Tejanos (it will now be taught) fought on the Texas side at the Alamo. Nope. Bowie and Crockett apparently stood their ground alone. After all, to the right all brown people are bad, so they can't be depicted doing good things. Wouldn't fit the overall agenda, don'tcha know.
There's more, and it's just as revolting.
The good news (yes, there is some):
* Thanks to advances in technology, including the internet, individual states can order their own, more balanced texts to teach in their classrooms. Had this horrendous decision by the Texas Board of "Education" come, say twenty years earlier, it would have impacted the textbook market much
more negatively; Texas schools hold a huge sway over the textbook market in the country, simply because Texas is so large. That isn't to say this isn't a terrible development; but luckily less brain-damaged school districts elsewhere in the country have options available to them to teach more truthful history, and don't necessarily have to follow Texas' awful example.
* This is kind of both good and bad news. Ultimately, a poorly-crafted curriculum will be reflected in the graduates it generates. The poorly-educated will have an uphill battle when they try to attend an accredited
university later on. Bluntly put, decent schools don't teach this backward crap for a reason: it isn't true
. So this is very bad news for students who will be going through the Texas education system in years to come; the poor kids won't know any better as they are taught a skewed and politically-motivated version of the truth. I suspect that homeschooling may actually rise because of this, with more progressive parents teaching their own children. The good
side of this is that I believe the cream will always rise to the top; good and smart kids will get access to the right information and will excel. It might be more of a battle for them, but when there's a will, there's a way.
Texas: Last in Education, First in Executions.