Saturday, March 13, 2010

Texas Board of Education: Thomas Jefferson out

H/T MAinfo

Editor's note - I may have jumped the gun on this. The Texas Education Agency website has a PDF from 1/10 with the list of historical figures that are included in the curriculum and Jefferson is clearly on it. The updated revisions from the March meeting will be posted some time in mid-April so we will need to wait until then to find out the truth.

I'm a little late to the dance on this as there has already been a lot made on the blogosphere about the Texas Board of Education's decision to cut Founding Father Thomas Jefferson from textbooks but this NY Times article goes into a lot more detail about what's in and what's out.

After reading the Times article I think of this decision in terms of the the great Sergio Leone classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. The most troubling to me is that Jefferson and the separation of church and state are out, although I like the idea of adding Friedrich von Hayak. If only they had added Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and Henry Hazlitt too. I am concerned also for the inclusion of religion and religious movements in the curriculum as I do not believe public education should not favor one religion over the other. If they wish to teach about Christianity then there should be equal discussion of other major religions like Buddhism, Hinduism and even Islam. Atheism would also deserve some room in the discussion too.

Above all, public schools should present an unbiased view of the world and let the students decide for themselves. The is no room for activism by teachers or administrators on the left or the right.

Via Memeorandum


  1. If it wasn't for the force cervical cancer vaccines and the Trans Texas Corridor, Texas would be on the right path.

  2. Its too bad that they kept Thomas Jefferson out of the textbooks but from what I heard conservatives won big time in the textbook wars. While I think that all religions should get coverage in textbooks, I am also very glad to hear that Christianity was favored this time around, since of late Christianity seems to be getting the short end of the stick.

  3. BB

    It is defiantly a step in the right direction. I just hope not too far right.

  4. Teresa

    I'm still baffled over the Jefferson thing.

  5. Chris, I did some further checking and didn't find any comments supporting the Texas Board of Education on this. The way I see it is they did a lot of good this week. If they went overboard on one issue, ONE ISSUE (which the left is using to make much hay with), they will have the opportunity to hear from their people on it because the decisions don't go into effect until May. This is what the process is all about. I am thrilled that the Texans are taking an interest and turning the nation's attention to this decades-neglected problem.

  6. Opus

    You may be right. On the the Texas Education Agency website there is info and Jefferson is included on the January 2010 list.

    They also have a rebuttal of what Fox came out with too.

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