History Textbooks in Texas: No Liberals, But Plenty of Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlafly

August 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Texas State Board of Education is continuing with its war on history and education in general to please social and religious conservatives, as it prepares to vote on new standards for history textbooks, which leave out any reference to liberals, but offers ample information about conservative ideologues Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlafly.

The state of Texas apparently wants its students to be uninformed, misinformed and blissfully ignorant. I am reminded of the lyrics to the old Sam Cook song, “What A Wonderful World,” “Don’t know nothin’ ’bout history, Don’t know much biology, Don’t know nothin’ ’bout no science book.”

The State Education Board is set to vote on the first draft of the proposed standards in “United States History Studies Since Reconstruction,” which removes any and all references to liberal politics.

The new standards require students “to identify significant conservative organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority.” The standards are expected to be adopted along party lines with all 10 Republicans voting in favor of the curriculum.

Some conservative board members want additional conservative historical figures and organizations added, including Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, The National Rifle Association, Dobson’s Focus on the Family and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Governor Rick Perry has long used the Texas State Board of Education to remake education to better reflect right-wing beliefs and evangelical Christian philosophy. Ten Republicans, with only five Democrats, dominate the 15-member State Board of Education.

The Texas Board of Education is in the midst of updating the state’s social studies curriculum standards, which will affect history, civics and geography textbooks. The new standards will be finalized in the spring.

Democrats in Texas are outraged that the education of the state’s children is about to be hijacked by right-wing conservatives, limiting students to a “one-sided, right wing ideology.”

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio said, textbooks should “…portray a complete view of our history and not a jaded view to suit one’s partisan agenda or one’s partisan philosophy.”

The State Board of Education appointed social conservative “experts” to help set the standards for the new curriculum. The experts previously recommended that Hispanic labor leader César Chávez and the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall should be removed from the state’s textbooks.

One expert, David Barton, president of WallBuilders, recommended that “…the proper adjective for identifying U.S. values and processes should be “republican” rather than “democratic,” in the state’s textbooks.

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11 Responses to “History Textbooks in Texas: No Liberals, But Plenty of Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlafly”

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  2. sam whiley on August 21st, 2009 5:21 pm

    The Texas State Board of Education is elected. Perry has no involvement with who gets selected to sits on the board. He only picks the presiding officer. please get your facts correct.

  3. Old Man Dotes on August 21st, 2009 6:54 pm

    “Welcome to Texas! Please set your watch back 150 years! And you Colored folks, just step to the rear of the State and mind your manners.”

  4. JW on August 21st, 2009 9:09 pm

    @sam whiley: The article never said that the governor chooses the board. Please get your facts correct.

  5. Sue on August 21st, 2009 9:59 pm

    Sam: Please get your facts straight. Governor Perry has consistently appointed extreme right-wing conservatives to head the State Board of Education. The current head, Gail Lowe is an outspoken creationist and she is responsible for choosing David Barton to be on the so-called “expert” panel.

    Perry’s first choice to head the board was Cynthia Dunbar who home schools her children and believes public education is a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion” and that government should be guided by a “biblical litmus test.” She is also a “birther” who believes that President Obama was not born in this country.

    Sue

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  8. joyfuljoy on August 22nd, 2009 11:01 pm

    Why don’t we just tune in to talk radio and let the kids listen to Rush, Hannity and Savage everyday. Save a lot of money by eliminating some of those ‘edicated’ teachers. Boy, they would really learn a lot………about hate, vindictiveness, racism and hatred. Come to think of it, aren’t those traits prized in Texas?

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  10. Midnight Habit on August 29th, 2009 3:38 am

    Why should this latest move suprise anyone? Fairness and inclusiveness haven’t exactly been the hallmark of conservitive behavior. The left and center still don’t get how focused the extreme right is. This is Texas we’re talkin’ about, too. My kids may have to use these books, but you can be sure they’ll be learning “the real deal” from me. Did you believe everything you read in a textbook, or did your parents teach better?

  11. Nathan on March 10th, 2010 9:53 pm

    I can hear the Fortune 500 firms crossing TX of their list of new facilities. At last the educational system in Mississippi has someone to look down on. Even the Mormons in Utah have more sense. Perry is a complete loon and Texas will get what it deserves for electing him.

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