The Texas Board of Education has been profiled ad nauseum, and their efforts to rewrite, Jesus-ify and Reaganize history are well documented. They believe separation of church and state isn’t a real thing, that people like Phyllis Shlafley and Newt Gingrich are more worthy of teaching than Thomas Jefferson, and that the Republican Party of the 1950s and ’60s — the one that voted for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — is the same as the Republican Party of the Teabaggers and John Boehner (you know, the one that thinks Barack Obama is a terrorist “Muslin”). Well today that same Board of Education approved Texas’ new education curriculum. We should probably let Rick Perry secede now.
After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to approve a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Father’s commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.
The conservative members maintain that they are trying to correct what they see as a liberal bias among the teachers who proposed the curriculum. To that end, they made dozens of minor changes aimed at calling into question, among other things, concepts like the separation of church and state and the secular nature of the American Revolution.
“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”
They also included a plank to ensure that students learn about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schalfly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.”
Dr. McLeroy pushed through a change to the teaching of the civil rights movement to ensure that students study the violent philosophy of the Black Panthers in addition to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent approach. He also made sure that textbooks would mention the votes in Congress on civil rights legislation, which Republicans supported.