Monday, February 15, 2010

How Bad Is The Texas State School Board?

Russell Shorto of the NYT answers the question with a question of his own: How Christian Were the Founders? The Texas state school board answers that question in its textbook requirements process, which is determined wholly by right-wing ideology and fundamentalist religious doctrine.

As Texas has one of the largest textbook budgets in the nation, this affects other states profoundly. And the de facto head of the board... not the chair, just an aggressive bully of a man named Don McLeroy... does not stick at quite literally rewriting history in the state's textbooks. You may want to read this very long article because Texas's textbook selection may affect you and your children in your state.

The effort to inject right-wing ideology and evangelical religion into the Texas public school classroom has been going on since at least the 1960s and 70s when my late father fought it before the board in his capacity as a middle school science teacher. Well, guess what: a half century later, the bad guys seem to have won. If you have a child in public school, perhaps you should look into this.

Excuse me; I hear Dad in my living room, turning over in his urn...

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