Coming Soon to Your Kid’s History Book, Courtesy of Texas: Veneration of the Confederacy
It’s official. The Texas School Board is close to overtaking George W. Bush as the single most embarrassing thing about the state.
Even as a panel of educators laid out a vision Wednesday for national standards for public schools, the Texas school board was going in a different direction, holding hearings on changes to its social studies curriculum that would portray conservatives in a more positive light, emphasize the role of Christianity in American history and include Republican political philosophies in textbooks.
In other words, Phyllis Schlafly, the Moral Majority and the NRA are now super important, while stuff like the Civil Rights movement and the New Deal–overrated. And since Texas buys a lot of school books, the state has a disproportionate effect on texts nationally, so everyone’s screwed.
References to Ralph Nader and Ross Perot are proposed to be removed, while Stonewall Jackson, the Confederate general, is to be listed as a role model for effective leadership, and the ideas in Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address are to be laid side by side with Abraham Lincoln’s speeches.
Now I was under the impression that Jefferson Davis’ central idea was to commit high treason against the United States and start a war that killed over 600,000 Americans–all in the defense of white supremacy and slavery.
But that’s probably a result of many years of librul brainwashing, which these new conservative texts will presumably correct.