Conservatives are fun folks when it comes to public school instruction. First creationism as pseudo-science and now pseudo-history.
"AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas public school students should learn about Newt Gingrich and other conservative politicians but not liberals, according to the first draft of proposed standards for the state’s high school history books.
The omission has angered liberals — and some conservatives who feel students should get a look at both sides.
“We ought to be focusing on historical significance and historical figures,” state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, told the San Antonio Express-News in Friday’s editions. “It’s important that whatever course they take, that it portray a complete view of our history and not a jaded view to suit one’s partisan agenda or one’s partisan philosophy.”
The State Board of Education appointed review committees of current and former teachers as well as “expert reviewers” to help shape the standards document. The 15-member board, which includes 10 Republicans, will decide the standards next spring, influencing how history, civics and geography books are written.
The first draft recommends students studying U.S. history since Reconstruction be able to identify “significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority.”
Gingrich helped lead House Republicans to their 1994 takeover of Congress. Schlafly founded the conservative Eagle Forum and became a leading opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Moral Majority formed in the late 1970s as an evangelical Christian organization.
Board member David Bradley, R-Beaumont, expects the draft to pass a preliminary vote along party lines. Terri Leo, a Republican board member from Spring, doesn’t.
“It is hard to believe that a majority of the writing team would approve of such wording,” Leo said. “It’s not even a representative selection of the conservative movement, and it is inappropriate.”
Another board conservative, Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, thinks students should study both sides to “see what the differences are and be able to define those differences.”