I know most of my readers are already familiar with what’s going on in Texas with the new text books, but I feel like I have to mention it just in case. It’s all very Orwellian, and more than a little scary. When we look at the degradation of our education system in the last twenty years, it becomes downright terrifying. Our children are graduating with marginal knowledge of history, science, and world history to begin with, and now we’re going to be replacing the precious few facts they do learn with downright lies. Among them:
- McCarthyism is portrayed as a force for social good.
- “Capitalism” is being replaced with “Free-Market.”
- Country music has been added as a list of notable American cultural movements — which is fine — but rap and hip hop are being removed.
- Excision of recent third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader (from the left) and Ross Perot(from the centrist Reform Party). Meanwhile, the recommendations include an entry listing Confederate General Stonewall Jackson as a role model for effective leadership, and a statement from Confederate President Jefferson Davis accompanying a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
- Language that qualifies the legacy of 1960s liberalism. Great Society programs such as Title IX—which provides for equal gender access to educational resources—and affirmative action, intended to remedy historic workplace discrimination against African-Americans, are said to have created adverse “unintended consequences” in the curriculum’s preferred language.
- Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the board’s judgment. Among the intellectual forerunners to be highlighted in Jefferson’s place: medieval Catholic philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, Puritan theologian John Calvin and conservative British law scholar William Blackstone. Heavy emphasis is also to be placed on the founding fathers having been guided by strict Christian beliefs.”
Here’s the thing. This doesn’t need a lot of discussion. We — and by “we” I mean “YOU” — cannot allow revisionism and outright falsehood to be sold to your children as fact. Once we take a FOX News approach to school curricula, we can write ourselves off as a nation that has anything to do with personal liberty or freedom. Freedom, at its most basic, is dependent on truth. Without unhindered access to true facts about the world, we cannot claim moral superiority to even the worst dictatorships. We become no different in kind than North Korea — only different in method. Sure, we can tromp about proclaiming the wonders of American liberty, but if our population is enslaved by partisan lies, we are not truly free.
If you do not do something to stop this, you are permitting and facilitating America’s descent into fascism. Now get off your ass and do something. Call your congressman. Call Texas’s congressmen. Write letters to the papers. Get on a bus and go start a protest at the school board in Texas. Do Something.