Tennessee Tea Party groups demand textbooks ignore U.S. history

Pardon me while I express my thoughts

For a bunch of people who worship the Founders and like to play dress-up American Revolutionary War, Tea Partyers sure hate knowing anything remotely reality-based about the Founding Fathers…

At a press conference, two dozen activists presented their proposals — I’m sorry, their “demands” — for the new state legislative session. Among them are sweeping changes to school materials that they probably have not actually read;

The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”  

Source:  Salon

A little more than a year after the conservative-led state board of education in Texas approved massive changes to its school textbooks to put slavery in a more positive light, a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee has renewed its push to whitewash school textbooks. The group is seeking to remove references to slavery and mentions of the country’s founders being slave owners.

During the news conference more than two dozen Tea Party activists handed out material that said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.” And that further teaching would also include that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”

The latest push comes a year after the Texas Board of Education approved revisions to its social studies curriculum that would put a conservative twist on history through revised textbooks and teaching standards. The Texas revisions include the exploration of the positive aspects of American slavery, lifting the stature of Jefferson S. Davis to that of Abraham Lincoln, and amendments to teach the value of the separation of church and state were voted down by the conservative cadre….

The measures went as far as to replace instances of the trans-Atlantic slave trade with “Atlantic triangular trade.”

The board approved more than 100 amendments affecting social studies, economics and history classes for Texas’s 4.8 million students. The influence of the amended textbooks will likely reach far beyond the state of Texas. The state is one of the largest purchasers of textbooks, and many other states adopt Texas’s books and standards.

More at Huffington Post

Amazing. We have folks revising American history and the nuts at Conservapedia re-writing the bible into their image. If the Lord tarries wonder what this nation will be like in 20 years?


2 comments on “Tennessee Tea Party groups demand textbooks ignore U.S. history

  1. The funny thing is:

    Capitalism (as imagined by Adam Smith) was not looked kindly upon by most of the founders.
    Washington was hated in his own day as President by much of the country as capitulating to the British.
    ‘States Rights’ was an issue only conceived upon by economic woes of a certain voting bloc of states (NE considered seceding around the war of 1812 because of federal politics that favored the agriculture of the South over the shipping and trading of the North)
    The only well known founding father that methodically proved African peoples to be equal in every way to europeans (Benjamin Rush) also proposed a Department of Peace.

    How many of these facts will get through the Censor?

    So sad that the name of Jesus has been become nothing but a cultural heirloom in this country to so many. The one who knows nothing of Jesus is in a better position than most Americans who are blinded by a cultural fog of idle tales of santa claus, easter bunnies and founding fathers.

  2. When you step into Scripture with a preconceived persception of theology, then you can assume that your theology has been contoured by your preconsception rather than an objective evaluation of the overarching theme of Scripture.

    And when you need secular history to support your theology, then your theology stands in need of secular support rather than the support of Scripture alone.

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