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Texas BOE Removes Thomas Jefferson from American History

Yes, the Sauronic imbeciles that make up a majority of the Texas Board of “Education” have just voted to removed mention of Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and better human being than all of these losers added together when teaching the Enlightenment’s impact on social change.  Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin, neither of whom are Enlightenment figures, were added. But heck, that’s just endorsing bad history and we shouldn’t let no silly facts get in the way of these self-righteous ‘conservative’ hacks.

The abject stupidity of these people simply exceeds my ability to understand. I am ashamed to include them in the same species as myself and the other human beings I know.  That they call themselves “patriots” suggests they all need a course in remedial English.  I’ll stop now before I say something that while accurate, will not be appropriate in this forum.
UPDATE: Mark Kleiman has it about right.  These people hate the principles on which our country was founded.  They hate them.
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posted March 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Here’s another link to the story:
“We are adding balance,” said Dr. Don McLeroy, the leader of the conservative faction on the board, after the vote. “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”
There are issues with teaching Darwinism because this group said that they believed that the founding fathers were ‘guided’ by ‘Christian’ priciples.
The changes are intended to have students question the separation of church and state and the secular nature of the American Revolution.
Essentially, they are ‘re-writing’ history to reflect not the truth but to change it to fit a more religious right understanding of things.
“Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced an amendment requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others.”
It was defeated on a party line vote.
One particular issue I have is that they removed Thomas Jefferson because…guess why…separation of church and state. Conservatives don’t like this thought, guess why?
What a bunch of hypocrites! If you can’t make the U.S. a “Christian Nation” one way, it’s apparently ok to lie and rewrite history to fit their need.

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Cheryl Hill

posted March 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm

The Texas BOE has shown itself to be unmatched in their stupidity. And because of them, so will be the kids in Texas.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 2:00 am

It’s not just the kids in Texas. Because the schoolbook market in Texas is so large, publishers of textbooks tend to gear their books to the Texas curriculum. So look for Jefferson to be dropped from coverage pretty well everywhere.
In addition to the other rewrites of history in which the Texas board indulges.
The schools’ motto before: “Lux et Veritas”
The schools’ motto now: “Yee-haw!”
If I lived in the U.S. and had school-age kids, I’d seriously consider emigrating.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 2:41 am

Update: According to the Dallas Morning News
“Board members defeated an amendment by member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, that would have required students to examine the reasons the Founding Fathers ‘protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.’
“The seven social conservatives on the panel – several of whom openly question the legal precedents affirming the separation of church and state – were joined by the three moderate Republicans in voting no.”

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The L

posted March 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

If the textbook companies don’t fight this kicking and screaming, I will invest in pre-2010 history books and homeschool my children. Our nation’s schools are supposed to educate, not promote ignorance or spread lies.
If Thomas Jefferson is not mentioned, then you can’t very well mention the Declaration of Independence, Lewis and Clark, or the Louisiana Purchase either. Not to mention the XYZ Affair and the temporary embargoes during TJ’s term in office.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

History is often a bully-platform within a culture. It is a narrative of the past taught to reinforce the culture (or micro-culture’s values.) When historians within universities actually report and provide context around events from documentation, physical evidence, et cetera, it often clashes with popular history and the interests of those who have a vested interest in the established historical narrative. Hence, the rewriting of history is what people do to reinforce and support a vested bias. (What do you think religious narrative is to most fundamentalists of any religious persuasion?)

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Marlon C. Hartshorn

posted March 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Yeah I have to agree with Zero-Equals here. I’d say most history books, even the ones used to teach me in the 70s and 80s, were all biased or slanted towards a particular point of view. I feel really bad for kids in China, imagine the lies they’re taught! They don’t even know about Tiananmen Square in 1989 from what I’ve heard. Those in power write the history. That’s why it is so vital for people to educate themselves by reading, particularly the older philosophers and there are tons of them.

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Human Ape

posted March 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

the Sauronic imbeciles that make up a majority of the Texas Board of “Education”
Of course they are imbeciles. They are Christians.

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Gus diZerega

posted March 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

Human Ape-
They are indeed imbeciles. By any reasonable definition of “Christian” having something to do with what they Founder said, I doubt they are Christians. They worship something far darker, nastier, and bloodier.
I have met many Christians who are not imbeciles, even though we see the world different. But I am appalled that so many passively let these people use their name.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

This quote alone is probably responsible for the unfortunate vote: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”

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posted March 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Yeah one guy on the board even offered $1000 to anyone who could show the separation of church and state in the constitution. Its really sad that the people who write Texas curriculum have never read even the 1st amendment.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Thomas Jefferson

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posted March 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Wasn’t Thomas Jefferson a “Man of God”? Did he not have Divine intervention when putting pen to paper? Did he not explain himself in such terms so that anyone could understand his views? Only obvious.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Another argument for National Educational Standards.
What a concept: having it not matter what state an American child lives in, as far as their education is concerned. Or at least the standards it’s supposed to meet. (ed funding currently varies by states)
Which BTW is coming along. According to AP : “Amilestone on national educational requirements for English and Mathematics has been reached by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers”
Which doesn’t help w/ social studies standards….but is a move in the whole direction of National Standards.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Yet another reason why any kids I might have will never set foot in a public school.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Well, Gus, when your flesh is being torn from your limbs and you’re living in a lake of fire for all eternity, you’re not going to give a hoot about your delusions of separation between church and state.
And you’ll remember this note, while wailing and gnashing your teeth.
Have a nice pagan libtard day!
Gosh, we’re going to miss you! …..hahahahahahaha!!

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Gus diZerega

posted March 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Spoken like a true devotee of Sauron.

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Cheryl Hill

posted March 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Paul, if you truly believe that will happen, why would you want to worship a god who would do this? You envision god as a monster. And you fear this monster. So to placate it, you worship a zombie and monthly eat it’s flesh and drink it’s blood in remembrance so that the torture won’t happen to YOU.
I don’t for one minute believe in your god. But even if I’m wrong – I still want no part of a religion that worships a god like that.
Your kind is so pathetic I can’t even be angry with you.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Wow! Paul, you certainly have a deluded vision of your “loving” god. You can keep him.
From what I’ve heard about the Texas schools, they have nothing to brag about. Well now they will have even less!!! Helen/Hawk you mentioned the need for National Standards. I think I heard that when Texas learned about that possibility, they basicly said that no one will be telling them how to run their schools!! ( Can’t remember where I heard/read that).
The ones who are going to suffer with this travesty of education will be the children of the state of Texas. What a shame to poison/lie to that many children. Glad I don’t live in Texas!

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posted March 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I am currently a maelstrom of feeling at the moment. I’m originally from New Hampshire and have lived a number of places. Currently, I’m stuck in western Texas and my exit strategy has no date of execution. What’s even worse is that I absolutely adore Austin, often referred to as a “speck of blue in a sea of red,” and would potentially live there for the rest of my life if I could.
But the fact that the state will be teaching revised history means a lot in terms of deciding whether or not to stay here if and when my partner and I choose to bring a child into our lives. It’s an unfortunate situation where those with an agenda have chosen to represent their own self-interests over actual truth and fact; it is, in essence, an insult to that which the country is founded upon. The state of Texas would like to think that it would be better as its own country (as it used to be) but the fact of the matter is that it would be nowhere without the government and founding fathers that it so now despises.
It’s disgraceful.

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posted March 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Hey Paul,
Your religion created its own hell and devil so why should we fear it?
empty thoughts, empty mind. You have the last word in NOTHING.

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posted March 14, 2010 at 1:44 am

These awful people actually remind me of Vogons from _Hitchhiker’s Guide_. I wrote on my blog about this, but what concerns me as much as Thomas Jefferson being written out is that the same is being done to freedom of religion. Some teachers seem complacent about these things, but with everything being taught for exams nowadays, I doubt they’ll actually have time to put in supplemental information.

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posted March 14, 2010 at 4:00 am

Unhappily, homeschooling one’s children will avail little. They (and you) will still have to live with a generation of people who have been indoctrinated with the notion that the founders intended the United States to be a triumphalistic Christian theocracy. It’s right there in the Bill of Rights somewhere.
And if you bring up Thomas Jefferson, they’ll never have heard of him.

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Franklin Evans

posted March 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

A possible reason to take heart: Many school districts have rational and objective standards concerning curricula and content, and despite the effect places like California and Texas may have on published school texts, these sane standards will not go away. They will simply find supplemental materials and teach actual history (amongst other subjects).
Please, this is a serious situation that requires our attention, but hyperbole such as “a generation of people who have been indoctrinated with the notion that the founders intended the United States to be a triumphalistic Christian theocracy” is just not serving the discussion.

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posted March 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Way to show the love for the guy who sticks up for the Christians who don’t suck. S’okay Gus, if your flesh gets so-and-so’d, the Gods can rebuild you; they have the technology. They can make you better than he is. Better, stronger, faster. (cues Bionic Man theme music)
Sorry, it seemed to fit.
The bit I found particularly lousy (although there’s so much to choose from) is this bit from TFN’s account of the meeting:
“11:21 – Board member Barbara Cargill wants to insert a discussion of the right to bear arms in a standard that focuses on First Amendment rights and the expression of various points of view. This is absurd. If they want students to study the right to bear arms, at least try to find an appropriate place in the standards for it. This is yet another example of politicians destroying the coherence of a curriculum document for no reason other than promoting ideological pet causes. Republican board member Bob Craig of Lubbock is suggesting a better place for such a standard. But the amendment passes anyway. The board’s far-right faction is simply impervious to logic.
11:30 – Board member Pat Hardy notes that elsewhere the standards already require students to study each of the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. No one seems to care.
11:33 – Bob Craig tries, once again, to talk some sense into these folks. Board member Cynthia Dunbar argues that the original standard’s focus on the rights of “petition, assembly, speech, and press in a democratic society” unfairly emphasizes the First Amendment over others. She suggests taking that out altogether if the Second Amendment isn’t included. Board member Ken Mercer argues that the right to bear arms is too important not to include here. But it IS included in the standards. The purpose of the original standard is to have students understand the rights to free expression in a democratic society. The right to bear arms is not relevant to that purpose.
11:40 – We wonder why they wouldn’t include the freedom of religious expression in this amendment instead of the right to bear arms.”
The reporter’s personal opinion is seriously in there, but it’s hard to not agree with what would be a lack of objectivity if it were a regular news source. This is not good for the First Amendment, or anything that falls under it’s umbrella. I have links to the entire meeting post and several other articles on my blog.

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Cheryl Hill

posted March 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Unbelievable. Does Texas allow people to marry their siblings and first cousins? It would explain a lot.

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posted March 19, 2010 at 5:06 am

So much for the founders of the greatest nation on earth and socialist federal government and now states taking away our history.

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Steve at Cuttingedge History

posted July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

One of the big problems with this debate has always been that we’re going to fight over “what” to teach the students. Well, there isn’t enough time to teach everything. If we start teaching history as a learning process instead of a series of unrelated “facts,” we might go a little farther. So, its not about picking the right narrative, because we’ll never all agree on that. Let’s teach process.

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posted August 6, 2010 at 6:09 am

That is really great educational info…

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