As if we don’t have enough to worry about in the world of education…
This article from today’s New York Times Magazine is sobering, if not downright terrifying. The Texas State Board of Education, and its near-majority bloc of hard-core Christian fundamentalists, wants history textbooks rewritten to state that
the United States was founded by devout Christians and according to biblical precepts. This belief provides what they consider not only a theological but also, ultimately, a judicial grounding to their positions on social questions.
What makes this more than just a depressing footnote is the fact that Texas, thanks to its size and statewide curriculum, wields disproportionate influence over textbook publishers. Apparently the publishers lack the spine to stand up to the looney-tunes stuff coming out of the Texas state board, so kids in Colorado could soon be reading history textbooks promoting this pinched, dangerous and incendiary worldview.
I fail to see how this differs in any substantial way from the Taliban, madrassas and calls for holy war against the infidel. In degree, yes. But it’s still early in the process.
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