This is seriously going too far. An article on AmericanIndependent.com “Conservative education group gives Texas history standards a “D” ” The group, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute issued a report that “skewers the Texas State Board of Education’s controversial social studies curriculum as an example of “politicized distortion of history.” Here is a “Link” to the pdf report which states in part:
“Texas’s heavily politicized 2010 revisions to its social studies curriculum have attracted massive national attention. Indeed, both in public hearings and press interviews, the leaders of the State Board of Education made no secret of their evangelical Christian right agenda, promising to inculcate biblical principles, patriotic values, and American exceptionalism. And politics do figure heavily in the resulting TEKS.
While such social studies doctrine is usually associated with the relativist and diversity-obsessed educational left, the right-dominated Texas Board of Education made no effort to replace traditional social studies dogma with substantive historical content. Instead, it seems to have grafted on its own conservative talking points. The lists of “historically significant” names, for example, incorporate all the familiar politically correct group categories (women and minorities are systematically included in all such lists, regardless of their relative historical significance). At the same time, however, the document distorts or suppresses less triumphal or more nuanced aspects of our past that the Board found politically unacceptable (slavery and segregation are all but ignored, while religious influences are grossly exaggerated). The resulting fusion is a confusing, unteachable hodgepodge, blending the worst of two educational dogmas.
Complex historical issues are obscured with blatant politicizing throughout the document. Biblical influences on America’s founding are exaggerated, if not invented. The complicated but undeniable history of separation between church and state is flatly dismissed. From the earliest grades, students are pressed to uncritically celebrate the “free enterprise system and its benefits.” “Minimal government intrusion” is hailed as key to the early nineteenth-century commercial boom—ignoring the critical role of the state and federal governments in internal improvements and economic expansion. Native peoples are missing until brief references to nineteenth-century events. Slavery, too, is largely missing. Sectionalism and states’ rights are listed before slavery as causes of the Civil War, while the issue of slavery in the territories—the actual trigger for the sectional crisis—is never mentioned at all. During and after Reconstruction, there is no mention of the Black Codes, the Ku Klux Klan, or sharecropping; the term “Jim Crow” never appears. Incredibly, racial segregation is only mentioned in a passing reference to the 1948 integration of the armed forces.
In the modern era, the standards list “the internment of German, Italian and Japanese Americans and Executive Order 9066”—exaggerating the comparatively trivial internment of German and Italian Americans, and thereby obscuring the incontrovertible racial dimension of the larger and more systematic Japanese American internment. It is disingenuously suggested that the House Un-American Activities Committee— and, by extension, McCarthyism—have been vindicated by the Venona decrypts of Soviet espionage activities (which had, in reality, no link to McCarthy’s targets). Opposition to the civil rights movement is falsely identified only with “the congressional bloc of Southern Democrats”—whose later metamorphosis into Southern Republicans is never mentioned. Specific right-wing policy positions are inculcated as well. For example, students are explicitly urged to condemn federal entitlement programs, including Texas-born Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” and to mistrust international treaties (considered threats to American sovereignty).
So it seems that it’s not just our government that the Christian Jihad is attempting to take over, but also the education of this country’s youth (and rather blatantly in TX) by actually re-writing history to fit their own Christian agenda. You don’t have to look very far to see just how many religious groups across the country have (for some time) been actively perusing the right to have Creation/Intelligent Design taught in public schools as science. They also want to reinstate school prayer. So far they have all failed because frankly, Creationism or ID is NOT science. Which is probably why so many right winged Christian politicians have been screeching to repeal the DOE, and allow school curriculum to be decided by the local churches, (oh sorry) I meant communities.
The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, and that applies to the DOE as well. But lets look for a minute at what would happen if they WERE able to gain the right to teach their Christian ideology in public schools.
Well, what happens to the Jewish kid? Or, what happens if the teacher happens to be Jewish and decides that if the Christians can do their own thing then so can she. Then she tells all the little Christianetts that “Ah… no, Jesus wasn’t really the Son of God, he was just a nice man that liked to help people. Gawd forbid the teacher should be a Muslim and all the kiddies run home… “Mommy! Can we get a Koran? Huh? Pleeease!” Oh the horror that would cause!
Okay, so we just can’t have any teachers that are not Christian. But, that would be discrimination, and that’s against the law. Well, we could divide up all the classes, and only let kids be taught by teachers of the same faith. Yea, that’ll work. But, what do we do about the curriculum? Well, I guess that would all have to be re-written, by denomination too. Could take some time, but it could be done.
Uh oh! What do we do if the teacher is a Pentecostal, and the kid is Baptist? Or if the teacher is Episcopal and the kid’s a Catholic. Some of those Catholic families don’t like the Episcopals because they have (Oh no, say it ain’t so!) GAY FEMALE PRIESTS! Then what? Well, we could break it down even farther, by faction, and then re-write the curriculum even further. But that could end up taking a really long time.
You see, this is why we have the Establishment Clause in the first place. To keep this kind of stupid bullshit from happening! But hay, guess what? You can teach any ideology you want in your own church. You can even teach people to sit naked in a tub of green jello and chant; “O Wa TaFoo Liam”, over and over till their ass turns as green as the jello if you want!
You know what? I have a great idea. How about you just teach religion at your church, where just like Burger King, “You can have it YOUR way” and stop trying to re-write history books, and trying to make a total cluster fuck out of the public school system!