Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, Don McLeroy — who lost his bid for re-election in the Republican primary but appears hell-bent on inserting as much insanity into Texas' textbook process as possible — is proposing that Susan B. Anthony, among others, espoused negative information about America.
From the El Paso Times story, “More changes sought for history textbooks”
One of McLeroy's proposals is for students to question the separation of church and state as they study the First Amendment.
Another would amend the standards to cast muckrakers and reformers such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. Dubois as figures espousing negative views of America. McLeroy said such figures should be contrasted with optimistic immigrants that include Jean Pierre Godet as told in painter Thomas Kinkade's book “The Spirit of America.”
A Republican from College Station, McLeroy lost his bid for re-election but he remains in office until January.
Conservative members of the board have already added measures such as one that would require high school students to learn more about the “conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association.”
Help our State Board of Education candidates and sign their petition, joined with the Texas Democratic Party, to put an end to this nonsense! Once you've done that, visit their websites to help them:
- SUPPORT Rebecca Bell-Metereau, SBOE Place 5
- SUPPORT Judy Jennings, SBOE Place 10
- SUPPORT Michael Soto, SBOE Place 3
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