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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I'm curious

In the new Texas curriculum,
The new standards say that the McCarthyism of the 1950s was later vindicated -- something most historians deny -- draw an equivalency between Jefferson Davis's and Abraham Lincoln's inaugural addresses, say that international institutions such as the United Nations imperil American sovereignty, and include a long list of Confederate officials about whom students must learn.

So, elevating the Confederacy is one of the goals?

It is the new Republican Party.


  • I've often felt that when Republicans talk about the "Founding Fathers" they're talking about Jeff Davis and John Calhoun...

    With regard to the CW that "as Texas goes, so goes the nation" with regard to textbooks, I wonder what it will take to go a bridge too far? Then again, I look around me and see such unnerving ignorance among America's young people with regard to history that I wonder if it even matters any more. Pop culture and mass media have replaced textbooks...

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:18 AM  

  • This might be the bridge too far. Other states defaulted to Texas because it was a neutral standard, however, they could just as easily band together and set their own standards.

    Plus, we're still waiting to see what the publishers do. They won't be thrilled about splitting the block.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:31 PM  

  • With school budgets being cut to the bone (and then some), where are all these TX school districts that have hundreds of thousands of dollars laying around for brand new textbooks?

    By Blogger -epm, at 5:22 PM  

  • The referenced article does not appear to be an accurate representation of what was passed.

    I think you may be tilting at a straw man.

    By Blogger OpenMindedRepublican, at 6:22 PM  

  • OMR, really? It's the Washington Post. They generally don't make stuff up.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:37 PM  

  • There is a lot of room between making things up and spinning beyond recognition.
    It's not hard to spot when it is done. Note that the article contains many characterizations of the standard, no actual quotes. Always a red flag on any issue.

    By Blogger OpenMindedRepublican, at 10:05 PM  

  • I don't get why Texas gets to set a textbook standard. Surely it's possible, in a time when print-on-demand is available everywhere, to create textbooks that more accurately reflect reality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

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