Joe. My. God.: Texas Rewrites History
Texas is one of the very few states that chooses textbooks, as opposed to local school districts choosing them. As such, Texas is a huge contract for textbook makers and the books Texas chooses end up being used all over the country. They have so much power that they are able to dictate to the textbook industry what exactly the textbooks need to say.
Recently the Texas State Board of Education has been the target of religious extremists who have wormed their way into it in order to control the education of our nation's kids, and to control their exposure to, well, the truth.
Below are some example of changes to history textbooks that the Texas SBoE have mandated, along with a general need to focus on white, Christian men and to downplay any achievements by people of color, Labor, Democrats, Progressives, etc.
-The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum's world history standards on Enlightenment thinking, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”
-"Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state." “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”
-The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”
-McCarthyism will be taught as an example of how communism was rooted out of the federal government.