Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » REASON TO HOMESCHOOL #1,245,757

    Filed at 7:12 am under by dcobranchi

    So that you can teach your kids real science and history as opposed to wacko Christianist/GOP propaganda.

    McLeroy flipped through the pages and explained what he saw as the gaping holes in Darwin’s theory. “I don’t care what the educational political lobby and their allies on the left say,” he declared at one point. “Evolution is hooey.” This bled into a rant about American history. “The secular humanists may argue that we are a secular nation,” McLeroy said, jabbing his finger in the air for emphasis. “But we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan—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.”

    Views like these are relatively common in East Texas, a region that prides itself on being the buckle of the Bible Belt. But McLeroy is no ordinary citizen. The jovial creationist sits on the Texas State Board of Education, where he is one of the leaders of an activist bloc that holds enormous sway over the body’s decisions. As the state goes through the once-in-a-decade process of rewriting the standards for its textbooks, the faction is using its clout to infuse them with ultraconservative ideals. Among other things, they aim to rehabilitate Joseph McCarthy, bring global-warming denial into science class, and downplay the contributions of the civil rights movement.

    Battles over textbooks are nothing new, especially in Texas, where bitter skirmishes regularly erupt over everything from sex education to phonics and new math. But never before has the board’s right wing wielded so much power over the writing of the state’s standards. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas rarely stays in Texas. The reasons for this are economic: Texas is the nation’s second-largest textbook market and one of the few biggies where the state picks what books schools can buy rather than leaving it up to the whims of local districts, which means publishers that get their books approved can count on millions of dollars in sales. As a result, the Lone Star State has outsized influence over the reading material used in classrooms nationwide, since publishers craft their standard textbooks based on the specs of the biggest buyers. As one senior industry executive told me, “Publishers will do whatever it takes to get on the Texas list.”

    So, in the next few years, g-school textbooks across the country might teach the kids that McCarthy was right, that Ronald Reagan should be beatified, and that Newt Gingrich was (and is) a visionary.

    FSM save us from Texas!

    8 Responses to “REASON TO HOMESCHOOL #1,245,757”

    Comment by
    January 19th, 2010
    at 11:59 am

    Don’t look at me – we were all at a dinosaur museum yesterday.

    Comment by
    January 19th, 2010
    at 5:03 pm

    re: “So, in the next few years, (textbooks may teach)… McCarthy was right,… Ronald Reagan should be beatified,… Newt Gingrich was (and is) a visionary.”

    And, Obama is a radical leftists socialist, atheists are fascists, southern Christians fought against secular liberals to free (African-American) slaves…

    Comment by
    January 19th, 2010
    at 7:17 pm

    Praise Eris! All hail Discordia!

    Comment by
    January 21st, 2010
    at 9:31 pm

    No, silly Lynn – as of today those slaves are no longer people and don’t have constitutional rights. Corporation do instead. Dred Scot is back in force and rich white men are back in Supreme power over us all.

    Comment by
    Daryl P Cobranchi
    January 22nd, 2010
    at 6:50 am


    I’d amend your statement to read that all the people are no longer persons. Only corporations count. And all those former people, especially the ones who are sick w/o insurance, can all drop dead as far as the US gov’t is concerned.

    Korporationen über alles!

    Comment by
    Matthew H
    January 24th, 2010
    at 4:05 am

    Texas has been the battlegrounds against Creationism for some time now due to their status as described in the article. It’s where many Creationists are making their stand, but luckily there are quite a lot of active people speaking out against it in the state. The downside is the amount of political sway the creationists have means that at the very best we can hope for will be a lack of information in the textbooks. I don’t understand how they can push for magic in science textbooks. I’d really be interested to see their reaction if people pushed to have scientific standards, and the flaws of theology pushed in theology based classes.

    Comment by
    January 24th, 2010
    at 7:07 am

    I want the FSM to get equal time. vengan...a.org/

    Comment by
    January 24th, 2010
    at 1:26 pm

    Given the fact that my kids would probably go to religious schools otherwise (where they would learn that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that Rosa Parks was a slave), homeschooling is looking better all the time.
    Of course, my kids are still babies.