Sunday, May 23, 2010

Texas Textbook Massacre (Video)

File this one under you have to be crazy to let your kids go to school in Texas. Or thereabouts. Or you can teach your kids not to believe anything they hear in school. How crazy is that? Among other atrocities to be included in the new Texas textbooks are arguments for gutting Social Security and Medicare!

California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) has introduced a bill to stop Texas textbooks from getting into California classrooms. Earlier this year, Texas cut Thomas Jeffersonout of textbooks and replaced him with the religious right icon John Calvin - who argued that riches are the sign of god's blessing and poverty is a sign of god's curse - and also tossed out the word “democratic” from the description of the U.S. government, replacing it with "republic" which sounds more like "Republican" - an old rhetorical trick that goes back to Joe McCarthy's time. A new report in the Guardian reveals that the Texas dropped the phrase "slave trade" in favor of ‘Atlantic triangular trade." And newly proposed changes in Texas schoolbooks include teaching kids the importance of gutting social security & medicare and how the UN "is a danger to US sovereignty.