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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Radical Texas Board of Education Replaces Mention of Hip Hop in Social Studies Books with More Thomas Jefferson

This comes from the pick-your-battles-wisely file. Educators (read: progressive bureaucrats who voted for Obama) are all aghast over the changes being made to social studies textbooks by the Texas Board of Education. And what exactly did the radical Texas Board of Education do? They worked overtime to return some sanity to our history books like omitting discussions on hip hop's contribution to society in favor of more coverage of the founding fathers. Shocking, I know. After thirty or more years of the Left using history books to bash capitalism and limited government while celebrating New Deal policies and sympathizing with socialists, crucial beliefs for the Democrats electoral success, conservatives are finally standing up and removing the politically correct gobbledygook that should have never been there in the first place.

For the most part, all the changes are minor and for the better. My personal favorite? Dispelling the myth that "separation of church and state" is in the Constitution. It's not. It comes from Thomas Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" letter, an argument I've had to have hundreds of times with poor Lefty saps who were clearly (mis-)educated in our public schools.

Texas schoolchildren will be required to learn that the words "separation of church and state" aren't in the Constitution and evaluate whether the United Nations undermines U.S. sovereignty under new social studies curriculum.
In final votes late Friday, conservatives on the State Board of Education strengthened requirements on teaching the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers and required that the U.S. government be referred to as a "constitutional republic" rather than "democratic."
The board approved the new standards with two 9-5 votes along party lines after months of ideological haggling and debate that drew attention beyond Texas. The guidelines will be used to teach some 4.8 million students for the next 10 years. They also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas, though Texas teachers have latitude in deciding how to teach the material.
The moonbats on the Left will make this out to be a backwoods decision by religious zealots and whine about "politicizing education", but that's only because they've been getting away with doing the same for so long, turning our universities into a bastion of liberalism and our elementary schools into halls of indoctrination for the new faith of environmentalism. Conservatives would do well to fight back more often.

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