The nation’s public school curriculum may be in for a Texas-sized overhaul, if the Lone Star state’s influential recommendations for changes to social studies, economics and history textbooks are fully ratified later this spring.
Last Friday, in a 10-to-5 vote split right down party lines, the Texas State Board of Education approved some controversial right-leaning alterations to what most students in the state—and by extension, in much of the rest of the country—will be studying as received historical and social-scientific wisdom.
Some of the ridiculous bullshit they're pushing includes
- A greater emphasis on “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.”
- A reduced scope for Latino history and culture.
- Changes in specific terminology. (capitalism to free market, imperialism to expansionism, etc.)
- A more positive portrayal of Cold War anticommunism.
- Language that qualifies the legacy of 1960s liberalism.
- Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins.
- Excision of recent third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader (from the left) and Ross Perot (from the centrist Reform Party)
- A recommendation to include country and western music among the nation’s important cultural movements. (The popular black genre of hip-hop is being dropped from the same list.)
Thanks to Texas buying assloads of textbooks, you can be sure this bullshit is going into textbooks everywhere