Texas Conservatives Tweak History

The Texas Board of Education recently approved an effort by Republicans to introduce a more conservative lean to what they perceived as the liberal bias present in education.

The target of these efforts are history and economics textbooks, which will soon challenge the secular focus of the Founding Fathers and put American capitalism and Republican politics in a more positive light. Meanwhile, attempts to include more Latino historical figures in light of size of Texas’ Hispanic population failed.

The current curriculum will be open to public comment for 30 days, and will be subject to a final vote in May.

Highlights from the NY Times article:

“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”

Efforts by Hispanic board members to include more Latino figures as role models for the state’s large Hispanic population were consistently defeated, prompting one member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out of a meeting late Thursday night, saying, “They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist.”

There are seven members of the conservative bloc on the board, but they are often joined by one of the other three Republicans on crucial votes. There were no historians, sociologists or economists consulted at the meetings, though some members of the conservative bloc held themselves out as experts on certain topics.

Entire article here.