How 15 people can make the nation dumber
The Texas Board of Education has just passed a resolution dictating an update to the state curriculum. This in and of itself is not so surprising, as it is done every so often for express purpose of directing the local school boards, districts, and teachers. Beyond this, however, this updated curriculum is used as a direct template for text book production across the state. And, because Texas is one of the biggest text book markets in America, with millions of copies purchased annually, what happens in Texas tends to trickle down across the nation. The extremely conservative board has decided they are going to rewrite the history books they consider “too liberal” and biased. Among other revisions text books written on the new model will exclude Thomas Jefferson from a list of important contributors to the Constitution (he coined the term “separation of church and state”) and playing down the secular motivations behind the American Revolution.
They are injecting conservative ideals into many other areas of history, and this in and of itself is not a bad thing. If the board merely wished to teach the children of Texas about the benefits of personal responsibility and expose them to new sides to historical arguments, I would not object; however, this board has taken it upon itself to remove valuable teachings in American and world history and replace them with its own version. This is not a balanced view, as one board member claims, but a tainted and biased view as heinous as that which they claim to be perpetrated by liberal academia. All of these changes will soon be placed in the state registry for open view of the public, and I look forward to seeing what these Texans think constitutes an unbiased version of history.
What bothers me the most: 15 people with no educational background and not a single degree in history, sociology, or economics are making decisions that will affect the state of education across the nation based on a political ideology.