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Barry, I agree the polls on President’s health care reform plan are universally poor and I understand why most Americans believe the plan is not good for the economy and that we need to start over – an option that the President doesn’t want to seem to embrace.
And there’s certainly more to discuss – a plan that interjects government into many new areas of our lives, a high-cost plan that just doesn’t add up – not to mention an issue that many would like to ignore – abortion funding in health care. But, let’s put this on the shelf for right now.
I want to take a moment to examine an issue that you and I consider vital – the crafting of the curriculum for public school students.
As you know, FOX News is producing a number of stories focusing on efforts by the Texas State Board of Education – as it grapples with curriculum modifications for its public school students – modifications that often get implemented by textbook producers who provide materials for many schools beyond Texas.
In a report which aired on FOX News, both you and I weighed in on the ongoing curriculum controversy.
Barry, you are correct. This is the next real culture clash because what happens with public school curriculum issues will have a profound impact on students for years to come.
And, here’s where my concern is focused regarding all of this. There are reports that proposed changes to textbooks being considered in Texas would actually remove references to our religious history. There’s a push to eliminate the names of some Founders and even a proposal to fast-forward American history so that it begins in the early to mid 1800’s. Barry, this kind of revisionism is ridiculous.
As I told FOX News, we shouldn’t purge references to our nation’s religious history. What’s wrong with acknowledging the fact that many Founders relied on Divine Providence and as a nation we adopted a framework for freedom – documents that among other things proclaim we are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights?
One thing is clear: the debate over curriculum issues certainly will continue no matter what is decided in Texas. And, yes, there will certainly be more debates – inside and outside the classroom – regarding the proper role we should place on our Founders and our religious history.
These curriculum decisions are vitally important – they will set the tone for what students are taught in our schools for years to come. But let’s not re-write history to do it.
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