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.
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