Texas Textbooks Tragically Toasted

By now just about everyone has heard about the Texas School Board and their rewriting of history in the Social Studies curriculum.  I am sure that most of you have already been explained the fact that due to the large number of students in the Texas school system, that whatever Texas teaches, most of the rest of the country will be teaching, too.  I can bet that if you are reading this blog the chances are pretty good that your reaction is ranging anywhere from anger to “WTF?” or a combination of the two. At this point, I’d be happy to have my taxes raised exponentially to pay the costs of reprinting all that government stuff to reflect only forty-nine states.

What is happening in Texas is the ultimate slap in the face to our constitution.  It is a direct interjection of religion into the classroom, and not as an historical subject, but as a bias in how history itself is warped to fit a conservative Christian worldview.  Mixing history and theology puts Texas in the same category as the Islamic nations where education is concerned.  They’ve succeeded in their own little theocratic educational system.

The difference between history and theology is that one interprets a supernatural view of what happened way back when, and the other is, well, actual truth.  One is personal and is often changed according to personal points of view and the other is what it is, whether we like it or not.

Don McLeroy, one of the right wing nut jobs responsible for these changes, insists that we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles (a point of view that has been well-refuted and disproved countless times over) and states that he evaluates history textbooks first to see how they cover Christianity and Israel, then how they treat Ronald Reagan. He also encourages us to “read the latest on McCarthy — he was basically vindicated.”  His reasoning, if you can call it that, is his belief that “We are adding balance. History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”  Tell me honestly that this is a person who belongs on an education Board.  He should not be allowed within a thousand yards of any school, anywhere.

Cynthia Dunbar, another right wing nut job member on the board, said that the Founding Fathers didn’t intend to separate church and state. Dunbar, a graduate of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Regent University Law School, lectured the board that the Founders intended to promote religion.

Cynthia, step away from the bong, girl…

Hey, who needs Jefferson anyhow, right?  I mean, he was only the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the governor of Virginia, member of congress, minister to France, Secretary of State, and, oh, yeah, President of the United States. Oh, and he founded a small school called the University of Virginia. Just another nobody.  Probably just as well he was replaced with Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin, two iconic voices of tolerance and multiculturalism.

They are just pissed off that Jefferson wasn’t just a non-Christian, but outspoken about his disdain for all organized religion, Christianity in particular.  But so were Ben Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison and a few other unimportant people in our history.  Maybe they’ll get bumped, too and we’ll end up replacing the entire Texas State Constitution with the King James Bible.  I bet that’ll cause a few wet-dreams in the state house of representatives.

These conservative clowns also included in this ridiculous revision that students learn about the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority.  Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a “constitutional republic,” rather than “democratic”

Oh, by the way, it is no coincidence that Phyllis Schlafly was included, as she has given us as a legacy her son, Andy Schlafly, who founded “Conservapedia” and is spearheading the Conservative Bible Project, which is an attempt to rid the bible of a perceived “liberal bias” by “updating” the text with conservative words, phrases, and ideas that would counteract liberal translations, which he says are “the single biggest distortion” of the Scriptures today.

I will wait a few minutes until you are done laughing and have a chance to clean your monitors off…

As it stands, I am largely at a loss about what, if anything, can be done about this.  I had thought about a grass-roots project to pull everyone out of public school and start home-schooling, but that won’t work because much of the home-school curriculum that is available is faith-based and many people are somewhat less than qualified to give their kids a proper education and many just plain cannot afford it.  What we are left with is not educators, but politicians and bureaucrats who have the power to decide what our children are taught.

Hopefully, the final vote in May will have given Texans time to realize the immense size of the fecal log that is being crammed down their throats and enough of them will show up at the public hearing to flush it and the idiots on the board who support it down the toilet.  If not, we will end up with a generation of kids who are taught not actual, factual accounts of history, but given an education rife with contradictions, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, degenerate heroes, and a multitude of other problems too numerous to mention, kind of like what is in the bible.

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