Another small step toward the creation of a “Christian nation!”
In 2010 the Texas Board of Education’s conservative members took another major step toward indoctrinating American’s children toward a more “Biblical” worldview. They decided that it’s about time someone corrected the long-standing liberal bias in education – so they “corrected” the history text books.
Keep in mind – Texas produces most of the country’s school text books…these changes will be taught as fact to millions of children across America!
Examples of the changes:
- The slave trade will now be referred to as the “Atlantic Triangular Trade.” Isn’t that nice? No longer do we need to burden our children with the ugly (and humanizing) word “slave.” (African-Americans are now descendants of…triangles?)
- Capitalism can only be referred to as “free enterprise system,” largely because of the negative connotations of the word “capitalism.” Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with capitalism, but they should consider teaching that unfettered greed can be bad for society.
- The board has diminished Thomas Jefferson’s role in history because of his belief in the separation of church and state.
- Students also are required to learn that America’s founding documents were influenced by various intellectual traditions, “especially biblical law,” and principles laid down by Moses. The social conservatives, creationists and religious fanatics who dominate the Texas State Board of Education want to redefine the Constitution as an explicitly Christian document and highlight the role of God in the establishment of the US.
- The board approved dropping references to a landmark court case that barred schools from segregating Mexican American students.
- Joseph McCarthy’s campaign against suspected communists is now toned down.
- The amendments also cast the United Nations in a critical light, with students asked to evaluate whether the UN and its committees undermine US sovereignty – a familiar tune for conservatives.
- Students would be required to learn about the “unintended consequences” of Title IX, affirmative action, and the Great Society, and would need to study conservative icons like Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation, and the Moral Majority.
- And get this: if you read the transcripts of the board discussions, you’ll find that they actually considered NOT including President George W. Bush’s controversial 2000 election outcome OR the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama.
- The board added positive references to the Moral Majority, the National Rifle Association and the GOP’s Contract with America.
- The history books will no longer include the philosophical rational for the separation of church and state.
- The books now herald “American exceptionalism” and the U.S. free enterprise system, suggesting it thrives best without government intervention.
- Numerous attempts by the more liberal members of the board to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history also were denied.
- Another amendment deleted a requirement that sociology students “explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.”
More than 1,200 historians and college faculty members from across the nation have signed a petition calling the standards academically shoddy.
Some board members themselves acknowledged that the process for revising curriculum standards in Texas is seriously broken, with politics and personal agendas dominating just about every decision.
*********-Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom.
For the CONSERVATIVE view of all this, by Phyllis Schlafly…click HERE