This past Friday the Texas Board of Education voted in favor of altering state history books with the goal of incorporating more conservative ideals. To be fair, not all of the changes are overly controversial, but many are decidedly biased.
For instance, the
board elected to add more information about Judeo-Christian influences of the
Founding Fathers, but to remove all references to the Constitution’s statement
that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion”. Along those same lines, Thomas Jefferson will be removed from
the textbooks, including his assertions regarding what he termed the
“separation of church and state”. Instead, mentions of Jefferson have
been replaced with John Calvin, a religious icon.
I don’t care who you
are. It shouldn’t matter if you are conservative or liberal, Christian or
atheist. History is just that – history. And changing how it’s recorded is just
plain wrong. Altering how we teach future generations based on a bias or agenda
of any kind is doing a great disservice to our children and our country.
A great man once
said, “History, by appraising…[the students] of the past, will enable
them to judge of the future”. But wait – that great man was Thomas
Jefferson, so just ignore that statement.