This video from the USA is called Conservatives Want To Change History In The Classroom.
From the blog of the trade union federation AFL-CIO in the USA:
Texas May Bar Students from Learning About Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall
by Chanh, Jul 16, 2009
César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall: Outlaws in Texas?
United Farmworkers founder César Chávez is an unfitting role model for students, and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is not an appropriate historical figure. So say “expert reviewers” in their report to the Texas State Board of Education, which recommends removing the two U.S. leaders from the social studies curriculum taught to its 4.7 million public school students.
Moronic … but not that surprising, considering that very recently, the United States federal government under ex-Texas governor George W. Bush, still labeled Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”.
The ranting of these extremists has the potential to turn into mass censorship—Texas is such a mega-purchaser of textbooks that the state’s required curricula drives the content of textbooks produced nationwide.
The Texas Freedom Network, which monitors actions by religious reactionaries on the state’s school board, points out that two of the “expert reviewers” are unqualified to be on the panel and were appointed mainly because of their background as religious ideologues.
David Barton, founder of the conservative Christian advocacy group WallBuilders, and the Rev. Peter Marshall, an evangelical minister from Massachusetts who runs Peter Marshall Ministries, were appointed to the state school board in March.
Really … “WallBuilders”? Probably referring to the ecologically destructive anti-human mega size “Berlin” wall started by George W. Bush on the Texas-Mexico border? Or maybe the sectarian segregation walls in Baghdad, built under George W. Bush as the only “reconstruction” in Iraq; apart from new jails, as Saddam Hussein’s old jails were not big enough for Bush’s occupation? Oh yeh, I almost forgot the mega super size United States
embassy colonial administration building in Baghdad, built by slave labour.
“Barton, former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party, is a self-styled “historian” without any formal training in the field. He argues that separation of church and state is a “myth” and that the nation’s laws should be based on Scripture. He says, for example, that the Bible forbids taxes on income and capital gains. Yet even such groups as Texas Baptists Committed and the Baptist Joint Committee have sharply criticized Barton’s interpretations of the Constitution and history.
The Peter Marshall Ministries website includes Marshall’s commentaries sharply attacking Muslims, characterizing the Obama administration as “wicked,” and calling on Christian parents to reject public education for their children.”
Chávez, of course, devoted his life to organizing migrant farmworkers, among the most exploited and voiceless of any workforce. Marshall, the grandson of a slave, in 1967 became the first African American Supreme Court justice and was instrumental in shaping the landmark 1954 school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education.
As an editorial in Go San Angelo puts it:
“This struggle has less to do with the quality of education than it does with religion and social values. The [state school board] has become a battleground in the endless and tiresome culture wars. Texas has witnessed one fight after another over matters like language arts standards, public school Bible classes, the adoption of mathematics textbooks, trying to dilute the treatment of evolution in the state’s biology classes.”
Clearly, the Texans opposed to teaching students about Chávez and Marshall think those who stand up for the rights of workers and people of color are a threat. Because for those wielding the power, they are.
See also here.
Texas Board Of Education Tried To Keep Word ‘Slave’ Out Of ‘Slave Trade’: here.
Textbooks Too Pro-Islam, Anti-Christian, Texas State Education Board Rules: here.
Texas State Board of Education Declares War on The Declaration of Independence: here.
The racial politics of the Christian Right: here.
Exams for an Evangelical Christian curriculum in which pupils have been taught that the Loch Ness monster disproves evolution and racial segregation is beneficial have been ruled equivalent to international A- levels by a UK government agency: here.
Mauricio Terrazas, Mexican American activist, dies at 92: here.