29 thoughts on “The Revisionaries On PBS

  1. There’s also a giant squid doc on the Discovery Channel tonight that I’ll be taping. I have to watch the SAG awards live. One of the many aspects of spending the winter in San Diego is you get to watch these award shows @ a decent hour. Staying up late is usually not an option as I get older.

  2. Unfortunately…. The way it’s worked in the past…. Texas sets te standards for school books….. Yeh….

  3. The constant assault on science, knowledge, education is taking its toll. The increased numbers of kids home schooled so that they might be protected from science and knowledge is increasing both the numbers and the rate at which stupidity is gamin ground. We are not that far from “Idiocracy”.

    The Dark Ages lasted about a thousand years, it is not unreasonable to think we could outdo that given the technology we have for destroying things.

  4. They weren’t reaching creationism in the Texas schools when Anne Richards was governor and the democrats were the majority on the state school board. Read that the fundamentalist christian AG Greg Abbott wants to challenge Perry from the right.

  5. David,

    Thanks for the information.


    Messing With Texas Textbooks
    Moyers & Company
    June 29, 2012

    One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large — 4.8 million textbook-reading schoolchildren as of 2011 — that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years. In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments — many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda — to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Here are some of the more pointed proposals.

    Thomas Who?
    Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father considered by many to be the author of the Declaration of Independence, is also credited with coining the phrase “separation of church and state.” According to The New York Times, that coinage didn’t make him very popular with the conservative members of the board. They removed Jefferson from a list of great Enlightenment philosophers — including John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu and Jean Jacques Rousseau — who inspired political revolutions from the 1700s to today. They also removed the word “Enlightenment” and added Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. After much criticism, they added Jefferson back, but left out “Enlightenment” resulting in a standard very different from the original.

    Downplaying Religious Freedom
    A proposed amendment from one of the Democratic board members would have required students to “examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.” One Republican member argued that the “founders didn’t intend for separation of church and state in America” and called the statement “not historically accurate” and the conservative members voted down the standard. The board then added a new one that suggests the “separation of church and state” is not a key principle of the First Amendment.

    Censoring Capitalism
    Citing negative connotations, conservative board members decreed that all instances of the word “capitalism” should be replaced with “free-enterprise system.” They also objected to “democratic,” so “democratic societies” and “representative democracy” were replaced by “republic.” Any reference to American “imperialism” was also stricken and replaced with “expansionism.” In the textbooks, imperialism could only be associated with European and Russian colonialism.

    “Super” Heroes?
    In perhaps the most blatant political move, the board passed an amendment requiring U.S. history students to learn about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s,” but not about liberal or minority groups. Conservative heroes including Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association were added, and more frequent mentions of President Ronald Reagan were encouraged. As Chairman Don McLeroy explained to the Washington Monthly: “He needs to get credit for saving the world from communism and for the good economy over the last twenty years because he lowered taxes.”

  6. California passes bill to counteract ‘disturbing’ Texas curriculum
    By Sahil Kapur
    Sunday, May 30, 2010

    Measure ensures Texas standards don’t ‘creep into our textbooks,’ senator tells Raw Story

    The California Senate on Friday approved legislation that sends a clear message to Texas and textbook publishers: don’t mess with our kids’ minds.

    “My bill begins the process of ensuring that California students will not end up being taught with Texas standards,” State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who authored and sponsored
    the legislation, said in an interview. Texas standards had better not “creep into our textbooks,” he said.

    The S.B. 1451 measure approved on a bipartisan vote of 25-5 requires California’s Board of Education to examine and report any discrepancies between the new Texas standards and California’s standards. “At that point,” Yee told Raw Story, “we will make it very, very clear that we won’t accept textbooks that minimize the contributions of minorities and propagate the close connection between church and state.”

  7. Thanks Elaine…. You’re the best…. BTW good to see you around….

    How’s the chauffeur driven Bentley…

  8. Well Elaine…. When you get into that class of society… There are class edicts that one must follow….

    Rolls it is….

  9. Swarthmore mom 1, January 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    They weren’t reaching creationism in the Texas schools when Anne Richards was governor and the democrats were the majority on the state school board. Read that the fundamentalist christian AG Greg Abbott wants to challenge Perry from the right.
    Abbott should be careful that he doesn’t fall off the edge of the flatulent Earth.

  10. Elaine Wrote:
    I hear it’s a very happy car. It’s called the Mary Jane.
    Brings on a new meaning to “going for a ride in the back seat with Mary Jane.”

  11. Blouise, I don’t think I am going to watch it. I live in Texas and have seen and heard enough. The Institute of Creation Studies is in the Dallas area.

  12. This kid was typing the longest phone number into his phone at the airport. When I asked where the hell he was calling he said Texas and Texting. Anyway, he explained that back home they have him in school learning about how mankind got started. It was all religion at school so he is learning about creationism on his own. He is still a believer in Adam and Eve. Said that when he gets out of high school he is going to be a rocket scientist. I thought he was kidding but he had an old fashioned comic book of Flash Gordon right there with his Bible. Says he can talk to people by typing into a phone pad too. I cant keep up with the past or the present these days.

  13. A lot of states require textbooks to be factual and accurate. If the “wrong” people find out about this, it could be trouble for evolutionism. For example, some textbooks still have Haeckel’s gill slits on human embryos, “horse evolution”, and circular reasoning like “fossils date the strata/strata dates the fossils”.

    It is a shame that the students aren’t allowed to be skeptical of evolutionism and have to take it as “factual” by faith and what they have been taught, ad nauseum. Anything critical of the sacred cow of evolutionism isn’t allowed to see the light of day. The question would be, why are those who perpetuate the theory of evolutionism scared to death of theories that question evolutionism. Why must it be held as “fact” when it isn’t factual?

    Frog + Kiss = Prince (fairytale)

    Frog + Time = Prince (evolution fairytale)

  14. I thought challenging the norm was a good thing. I thought we were all supposed to be critical thinkers. Guess school kids are exempt from challenging. Whatever happened to presenting all sides? Most people don’t even realize that there are several different types of evolutionary theories that conflict with eachother. What happened to “testable therories? Who has a testable theory on the origins of life? So why can’t we even present the weaknesses of the theory of evolution?? What are you afraid of???

  15. Jcegraber:

    No one is afraid of anything. But if you watched the movie, you would understand that a majority of the Texas board is pushing a purely religious agenda. Creationism is not a testable notion, so how can it form part of a science curriculum? And do you truly believe that ” presenting all sides” means revising history texts to include the “good” side of slavery?

  16. Jcegraber,

    “Most people don’t even realize that there are several different types of evolutionary theories that conflict with eachother.”

    Pray tell, Jcegraber, what are the, “several different types of evolutionary theories that conflict with each other?”

    Count the ways; point them out; list them.

    “What happened to ‘testable therories?'”[sic]

    Nothing. The concept is still alive and well; though I suspect you mean testable hypotheses, yet are ignorant of the difference.

    “So why can’t we even present the weaknesses of the theory of evolution??”

    Go ahead — find the weaknesses; expound on them — have a field day.

    I’ll start your list right now:




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