Conservatives Pushing Tea Party Agenda In Texas Schools
The Texas school board is trying this week to jam its right-wing views into the classroom. Arch conservative board member Don McLeroy is urging changes which, if Friday’s vote goes his way, will drastically change the kind of information conveyed to students.
The new amendment (.pdf), which is expected to get a vote on Thursday, would require high school history students to “discuss alternatives regarding long term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, given the decreasing worker to retiree ratio” and also “evaluate efforts by global organizations to undermine U. S. sovereignty.”
McLeroy was voted off the board as of next term, but is still influential, and explains his reasoning:
“Threats of global government to individual freedom and liberty include the votes of the U.N. General Assembly, the International Criminal Court, the U. N. Gun Ban proposal, forced redistribution of American wealth to third world countries, and global environmental initiatives.”
But don’t take comfort in the departure of McLeroy from the board. His successor, Gail Lowe, is a creationist appointed by Governor Rick Perry. Texas is particularly significant in that textbook publishers listen carefully what will sell there because they are such a big client, and those texts then get distributed elsewhere in the country.Click here for reuse options!
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