UPDATE: Saturday May 22
The Texas Board approved the new education standards for the children of the state. Perhaps the best summary of the new standards was given by one of the Republican members of the board during an opening prayer when she said, “This is a Christian Land Governed by Christian Principles.”
What else is there to say except, sorry Texas.
Texas again, as if you didn’t know. Have they seceded yet? That victory ‘prize ‘ we won from Mexico reminds me of the Grecian Trojan Horse.
The infamous Texas Board of Education votes today. This would be quite mundane and irrelevant for the other 49 states except for the fact that often Texas is the model for school text book companies. Why that is beats me, but the social studies curriculum vote today is a major concern for historians here in The States.
Just yesterday a Republican member of the board wanted President Obama’s name to be listed as Barack Hussein Obama. Quick, what was Jefferson’s middle name? The board member was asked to drop that request under protest from an African American board member. “To stop the whining, I’ll withdraw my motion,” said the member. Whining, eh?
Additionally, the proposed new standards had referred to the 2008 election of the first black president, but Obama was not named. Apparently, if his name wasn’t mentioned, perhaps it wasn’t true?
Some on the board objected to language for an eighth-grade history course that would analyze President Abraham Lincoln’s “ideas about liberty, equality, union and government” in his two inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address and require students to contrast them with ideas in Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ inaugural address. Contrast? Oh, puleeze! What is there to compare between Davis and Lincoln??
The Star Telegram said of the board:
The skirmishing started last year, when a pair of religious conservatives appointed by board members as “expert reviewers” dissed the historical significance of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American, and labor leader Cesar Chavez.
The Miami Herald notes:
Ninety years after women finally won the right to vote in America — and 104 years after Anthony’s death — exiting board member Don McLeroy is arguing that Anthony’s progressive-era-reformer “tone” needs to be “balanced” against other more optimistic and less critical voices of her time.
I guess nobody back then should have been complaining about America.
When Anthony grew up, slaves were private property and women had no right to vote, assemble or speak freely.
Yet McLeroy, a Bryan dentist and a Gov. Rick Perry appointee as chairman who also thinks the world is only 6,000 years old, has included Anthony with other critical “muckrakers and reform leaders” who should be studied only in contrast with contemporaries who worshipped the status quo and glorified what was then a very limited American dream.
In a long list of suggested changes for Texas social studies lessons — many going before the board for a vote this week in Austin — McLeroy also wants to uphold the honor of Commie-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, add lessons about the “threats of global government” and have students discuss whether the Founders really meant what Thomas Jefferson wrote about a “wall of separation” between religion and government.
Well, that’s the World of Delusion going on today in Texas. That is, of course, much more dangerous that the usual World of Delusion in which all Fundamentalist Christians live day-to-day because the Texas decisions will impact the lessons of American history taught to Ohio kids as well.
There’s that odd bumper sticker that shows up occasionally on cars driving through Ohio: Don’t Mess With Texas! I’d rearrange that a bit for clarity: Texas- Don’t Mess With History!