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History Revised, Teachers Sacked: The Book Wars in Texas and Beyond -- Politics Daily

"In a matter of days last week in Austin, the majority of the 15-member board, insisting they were only trying to offset liberal bias in textbooks, questioned Darwin's theory of evolution and the constitutional principle of separation of church and state; debated hip-hop and genocide in Darfur; deleted Albert Einstein and Thomas Alva Edison from textbooks; emphasized Christian teachings and fundamentalist values; adopted conservative articles of faith like American exceptionalism; promoted right-wing leaders and organizations like Phyllis Schlafly and the National Rifle Association; and refused to give adequate attention to Hispanic and African American contributions to U.S. and Texas history.

To no one's surprise, on the final round on Friday, the conservatives pulled a decisive victory, 10-5..."
How the fuck do these things happen? Is Texas so fucked up that these are the people they vote onto their school boards? WTF is wrong with them?!?!

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akirashima
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
didn't Mexico win them in the battle of the Alamo. why can't they just take them back. or was this like the old SCA wars when people fought to see who had to keep Pittsburgh.

isn't there a way to legally undo all this shit or has this republic fallen so far as to have nothing but utter destruction br the only answer.
paladin_of_gaia
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Please let them secede, please let them secede, please let them secede...

Back to trying to save the world now.
akirashima
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
times like this i wish the earth was a spaceship so we could shove them out the airlock
klynn330
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Establish a grass roots organization that actively grooms liberal (or at least moderate) thinking people to begin in small political offices. Not just with money, but with real support.

That's how this gets changed.
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
One can only hope the fact that the rest of the country is openly laughing at them might stir the less radically right voters to get off their asses and do something about their school board running their kids' educations into the ground.

One could hope, at least.
neuronautica
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Don't forget: replaced Thomas Jefferson with John Calvin, denouncing homosexuality completely, leaving out freedom of religion, and denouncing hip-hop as a cultural movement.

I just posted something about this in my journal. Fucked up, right? The "Texas Textbook Massacre", they call it.

You know how? Extreme, radical conservatives elected in a backwater state with no or spineless liberals facing off. Bullocks.
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Why aren't more people looking at Obama and saying, gosh, we need to be like that ALL THE GODDAMNED TIME.
crankyasanoldma
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder how they feel about gravity? Is that a liberal concept?
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Well it is just a theory, after all...
harlkyn
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I imagine the ratio of 2:1 conservative vs liberal reflects the demographics of Texas, 2:1 conservative to liberal. Actually, I think Texas is probably more like 10:1
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Sadly, as Texas goes, so go a lot of U.S. school districts. Not sure how they managed to get that kind of power, but it needs to change post haste.
klynn330
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I will start this reply by saying that I am not a conspiracy theorist.

but. This is 100% deliberate, and has been happening for years. Christian Conservative political groups have been looking for political offices that are uncontested - like schoolboard positions. They get their people in these offices for two reasons. 1) They can affect policy right now. 2) They develop name recongnition, which is pretty much the number one predictor that they will get elected to a different, more important position later.

This is because the Christian Conservatives GET IT. And they GET IT in a way that liberals simply do not. If the liberals could stop bickering about a bunch of petty bullshit and work together, they too could start having real, direct political power. All politics are local, but on a local level, liberals often have the attitude that they shouldn't have to get involved, or they can't make a difference, or they are too busy organizing concerts for awareness to get in the ring.

We have learned over and over again that it hardly matters who the president is. If there is no one there to back him up, who cares.

We live in a representational government. If we want our voices to be represented, then we have to run for these offices too. And I suppose this rant should go to me too, although I have worked on campaigns all my life.

feh.
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Bingo. Obama is finally getting his shit together, and liberals should follow suit post haste.
3dollarwm
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Be careful what you say. You know they like to execute people there, right?
esprix
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Ha! Bring it on, you redneck fuckers! :P
(Anonymous)
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
This is particularly heinous given that Texas sets the tone for the textbooks across the US because they are so particular they tend to get to dictate. I think we should just make the jump to learning from the Internet. Who needs text books any more. They took out Einstein? I guess they should stop talking about the Shuttle missions because it was on them that the proved the time dialation in motion that Einstein's relativity predicted..

I am wondering if Texas becomes too extreme, will the text book makers stop listening to them and make books that suit the other 49 states better. That's my hope.
sftyson
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
it all boils down to the almight dollar. money speaks. texas has the money. they are the largest spender in the country when it comes to textbooks. given that, and the facts pointed above about the ratio of conservatives to non conservatives, money talks.
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