The eyes of the nation are on Texas. Why? Because a group of conservatives decided it was time to demonstrate an Alamo-like do or die spirit in the battle over what’s in and what’s out in social studies, economics, and history textbooks. The shots fired at last week’s meeting of the Texas Board of Education will be heard around the world because Texas is one of the largest buyers of textbooks. Publishers, who want to make a profit, will likely adjust their texts to meet the Texas requirements and that will affect what students study from sea to shining sea.
Liberals are livid at the thought that students might have to pick up a text book that, according to the New York Times, stresses “the superiority of American capitalism, questions the Founding Fathers commitment to a purely secular government and presents Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.” The Huffington Post refers calls the Texas Board of Education’s decision the “Texas textbook massacre.” The article from the Associated Press that follows that provocative headline begins, “A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history, and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade.” You would think by that statement that conservatism is a kind of viral infection that will poison the minds of millions.
Then there is the story from msnbc.com’s perspective. The startling headline reads “Conservatives put stamp on Texas textbooks: New social studies curriculum stresses religion over evolution.” From left-wing blogs to liberal media outlets, outrage was the order of the day. How will America survive if the next generation learns of the benefits of capitalism? How can our Republic endure if students in the public school system are taught that our Founding Fathers were guided by Christian principles? How dare a group of backward thinking traditionalists suggest our form if government is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy? From the New York Times to the Huffington Post journalistic handwringing was the order of the day.
Don McLeroy, labeled by the Associated Press as “the leader of the conservative faction (I wonder if the AP has ever used the phrase “liberal faction”) dared to suggest that teaching on the civil rights movement should include the study of the violent philosophy of the Black Panthers as well as the non-violent methods of Dr. Martin Luther King. All Mr. McLeroy wanted was the whole truth about a very violent period in American history.
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