Friday morning the Texas Board of Education voted to approve changing the state's social studies curriculum to make it more closely reflect the views of God's Own Party. Among the changes are:
Given Texas' influence on the national textbook market, you're probably better off home-schooling your kids. Or not.
- Replacing the heathen, Thomas Jefferson, with theologian John Calvin;
- Tearing down the wall between church and state;
- Rejecting "capitalism" in favor of the "free-enterprise system"; and
- Prohibiting discussion of "transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else."
Kuffner compiled linkage to those who covered the hearings as they happened, including the exemplary Texas Freedom Network and Think Progress. April Castro at the AP, Blue Texan at firedoglake, and Gary Scharrer at the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau add more. I just have one question: if the conservatives would rather home-school or use public education vouchers to privatize their children's education, why do they also insist on indoctrinating the remaining public education students? Is it a mission from God? A small portion of their quest for world domination? Because they can't help themselves?
Where is that good ol' libertarian "leave us alone" mantra when it comes to public school textbooks?