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Thomas Jefferson No Longer Worthy of Study

The Texas State Board of Education has voted to rewrite history.

They have voted to remove current curriculum areas, including civil rights and global politics, replacing them with conservative historic figures and beliefs. These changes will affect courses including history, social studies and economics.

The Texas State Board of Education is made up of lawyers, dentists and publishers who have voted to modify lessons on the civil rights movement, the U.S. free enterprise system and hundreds of other topics.

Think Progress has compiled these decisions made by Texas’ ultra-conservative Education Board. Here are just a few from the Think Progress site:

  • 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 Huffington Post adds that, “Numerous attempts to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history also were denied, inducing one amendment that would specify that Tejanos died at the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Another amendment deleted a requirement that sociology students ‘explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.’

“Democrats did score a victory by deleting a portion of an amendment by Republican Don McLeroy suggesting that the civil rights movement led to ‘unrealistic expectations for equal outcomes.’”

In addition, the board has decided that Hip Hop should no longer be taught as a cultural movement and to delete a sociology requirement focusing on institutional racism and its presence in American society.

So far the vote is 10 to 5 for the changes but they will hold an open forum where the public can (hopefully) stop these changes from taking place.

Even if not in Texas, the changes will affect all children across the country: Most school textbooks are published in Texas, causing publishers to change all textbooks to fit their “standards.” If these changes go through, they will be taught to millions of students over the next decade.

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8 Responses to Thomas Jefferson No Longer Worthy of Study

  1. ben330 says:

    How do you remove Thomas Jefferson??? Let’s toss out George Washington and John Adams while were at it. This country is going to hell.

  2. eunder1 says:

    This just really makes you wonder about all of the literature that has been studied for years, used to support current theories and ideas, that possibly could have been altered by someone’s personal opinion for individual or group satisfaction. Poor poor Tom.

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  4. Paul says:

    I was a lifelong Republican but I no longer even recognize my party. It now clearly puts party ahead of nation.

  5. Marcus says:

    Thomas Jefferson is STILL TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS IN TEXAS people. Do your “homework” and read up on the voted changes. His name was removed from a list of other names in ONE particular sentence where he was associated with Hobbes, Locke and a few other historical figures. ONE SENTENCE WAS CHANGED PEOPLE.

    And frankly, if you think the US has a democratic government, it shouldn’t matter to you what they do with the text books because you obviously didn’t read them the first time around as we are, in fact, a constitutional republic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_republic
    Changes like this happen every year in every state. Most of them are actually well deserved changes. Sure, hip-hop is a significant modern cultural movement that wasn’t ADDED TO TEXT BOOKS this year, but it will I assure you, just as these LONG OVERDUE changes were finally made this year. That’s what you get with governing bodies – bureaucracy. And the result is an education system that fails to even teach the most fundamental rule of the printed word – don’t believe everything you read.

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  7. Belle says:

    As a future teacher, I am flabergasted by this change. You cannot rewrite history, you can’t believe it didn’t happen. I have a history teacher in my college that said, “They may change the books, but I WILL NOT change how I teach my class. I WILL keep teaching history WITH ALL historical figures and events in them.” I agree, even though my textbooks will be changed for my future students, I will mention Jefferson and any other historical figure and event that has been omitted.

  8. anonymous says:

    @ Marcus: “don’t believe everything you read.”

    Tell that to all the school kids who are learning that in schools then.

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