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The worst predictions have come true. As summarized by ThinkProgress, the Texas Board of Education's "far-right faction wielded their power to shape lessons on the civil rights movement, the U.S. free enterprise system and hundreds of other topics”:
– To avoid exposing students to “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else,” the Board struck the curriculum’s reference to “sex and gender as social constructs.”
– The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”
– The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”
– The Board struck the word “democratic” from the description of the U.S. government, instead terming it a “constitutional republic.”
The New York Times in a March 12th article, Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change notes that "Republicans on the board have passed more than 100 amendments to the 120-page curriculum standards affecting history, sociology and economics courses from elementary to high school."
The Times reports that the efforts of the Board to not include more Latinos as role models for the state's large Hispanic population, prompted one Hispanic member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out of a meeting saying, “They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist.”
“They are going overboard, they are not experts, they are not historians,” she said. “They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world.”
There are numerous other changes that are effectively "revisionist history". Texans should be worried. The nation should be worried because this kind of revisionist history making is not confined to Texas. It seems to be pervasive amongst conservative politicians and right wing media to present their agenda in a more positive light, even though much of it borders on fiction.