Here's an exerpt taken from disinfo.com

“Evolution is hooey…the way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan.”

Views like these are relatively common in East Texas. But McLeroy is no ordinary citizen…[he] sits on the Texas State Board of Education, [and leads] an activist bloc that holds enormous sway over the body’s
decisions.

As the state goes through the once-in-a-decade process of rewriting the standards for its textbooks, the faction is using its clout to infuse them with ultraconservative ideals. They aim to rehabilitate
Joseph McCarthy, bring global-warming denial into science class, and
downplay the contributions of the civil rights movement."



And the original article is here:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1001.blake.html


Basically, Texas is the largest buyer of textbooks in the United States. Because of this, many textbook manufacturers make textbooks according to the standards that the Texas schoolboards set. This, in turn, influences all of the other states because the textbook manufacturers don't want to bother with redoing the textbooks to fit the standards and needs of other states.


Things like this make my blood boil. They're trying to rewrite history so it fits THEIR idea of what is correct rather than letting children know the real truths of what went on in our nation's past.

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I'm not sure which is more insulting: that this nudnik is on the Texas Board of Education or that the textbook manufacturers are too hung up on making a buck that they are accepting the incorrect revisions of the textbooks to be sold.

I would say that they should have two versions of the history textbooks: a Texas version and an other 49 version, but then we sacrifice all the Texan schoolchildren who need access to the same history as the rest.


Would anybody miss Texas? I mean, really?
Would anybody miss Texas? I mean, really?

Not me. But I'm betting Texas would miss it's shitloads of federal money.

And they'd better not DARE try crossing back over into the U.S. as filthy, dirty, good-for-nothing, illegal immigrants.

"Country First!"
I'd miss the ACA.
Yep this was my comment as well. Every time I hear a Texan talking about seceding from the Union, Im all for it. Let them freakin go! With the exception of Austin the rest of the state is politically useless to the human species.

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