NOTE: This is why the GOP/Tea Party really want to defund Public Television & Public Radio. Keeping The American People ignorant is advantages to The GOP agenda. A real eye-opening video at the bottom of this post.
The news standards, approved 9 to 5 along party lines by the predominantly Republican Christian board, will affect 4.8 million children in the state of Texas over 10 years, and may influence textbooks published in other states, which often adopt Texas guidelines, where a large percentage of textbooks are published.
According to the Associated Press,
Conservative panel members argued that the state curriculum had long been dominated by liberal ideas, and it was aiming to reverse the trend.
Among the controversial amendments adopted, according to the Texas Education Agency:
Some other highlights from the debate:
- In a discussion about Barack Obama, one conservative board member, David Bradley, suggested his middle name, Hussein, be included. After heated debated, Bradley withdraws his amendment, and the board agrees to list the president’s name as Barack H. Obama, as it is on the White House website.
- A debate on the causes of the civil war was resolved with the answer: “sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery.” Critics like the Texas Freedom Network argued that this list waters down the most important cause of the Civil War: slavery.
- Oscar Romero, a bishop from El Salvador assassinated in 1980, was added back to the standards in a unanimous vote. He had been removed a list of human rights activists when many board members did not know who he was. One member joked that there had been “no movie” made about him. He was later corrected. (Raul Julia starred in “Romero” in 1989.) The incident became fodder for the national news media, including “The Daily Show.”