17 March 2010

Less Jefferson, More Schlafly. If that doesn't make America stronger, we'll have to resort to more drastic measures

Texas is changing textbooks, putting more emphasis on the influence of Phyllis Schlafly and less on Thomas Jefferson.

“By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.”
- Phyllis Schlafly

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
- Thomas Jefferson

The Texas State Board of Education approved some controversial right-leaning alterations to what most students in the state – and by extension, in much of the rest of the country – will be studying as received historical and social-scientific wisdom. Here are some of the other signal shifts that the Texas Board endorsed last Friday.

A greater emphasis on “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.” This means not only increased favorable mentions of Schlafly, the founder of the antifeminist Eagle Forum, but also more discussion of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America.

Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the board’s judgment.


Read the whole thing here.

4 comments:

Thomas said...

I think in a few years schools will move to Ebooks, and when that happens local schools will be freer to choose whatever textbooks they want.

It sucks that they're held hostage to the most reactionary state in the most reactionary region of the country.

Big Al said...

Many living in Texas like to boast, and often threaten, that they're the only State w/the legal option to secede from the United States. Maybe as a present to the rest of the the United States Texas could indeed break off and form their own country. As an added bonus, we could pay them to take the Tea (Baggers) Party members with them.

But in this arena Texas only talks a big game. They'll never secede.

Jonathan said...

You know Ron typically I disagree with your blags just as a matter of ideals not because they are lacking in research or thought... This time I must say you have hit a spot that infuriates me as well. As a History, Poli Sci, Econ major (I have not quite made up my mind) and a teacher, I am quite often worried that by the time I get into the class room history is going to be so skewed that I will not want to teach it anymore. Whatever happened to a unbiased account of what happened, how can America learn from its past mistakes(which there have been many) if it is all glossed over to make it look right? There is something horribly wrong with not telling the facts, a person who is sure of themselves and knows they are right will admit that in the past they have made mistakes. A person who covers up past failures or rough spots tends to be one who might be in the wrong. I wonder which example America is?
-Jonathan Hillis

Jen said...

As an added bonus, we could pay them to take the Tea (Baggers) Party members with them.
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Pure class. :rolls eyes:
Nothing exposes fear like name-calling.