Gratitude is My Attitude

That’s right! And, furthermore, I’m too blessed to be stressed! I’ve finally found it. No, not The Holy Grail, something about Wake County’s new school board for which to be thankful. Bet you didn’t think there was such thing, huh? At least the Gang of Five isn’t in charge of the curriculum. Texas, as always, proves that things can always get worse.

Highlights of the new Texas-conservative-approved social studies curriculum abound in the New York Times. Some of my favorites are below, but make sure to pick your own.

Dr. McLeroy pushed through a change to the teaching of the civil rights movement to ensure that students study the violent philosophy of the Black Panthers in addition to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent approach. He also made sure that textbooks would mention the votes in Congress on civil rights legislation, which Republicans supported.

‘Republicans need a little credit for that,’ he said. ‘I think it’s going to surprise some students.'”

Wouldn’t it be really neat if, instead of just taking credit for 50-year-old legislation, he supported civil rights NOW? Like, if he came out in favor of gay marriage? Or universal health care? Trippy! That would really surprise the youngsters.

Even the course on World History did not escape the board’s scalpel.

Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among the conservatives on the board because he coined the term ‘separation between church and state.’)”

We hold these truths to be self evident: that Thomas Jefferson was a pinko no-goodnik who doesn’t really matter that much and was red-headed besides. Seriously, to a Wahoo like myself, this borders on criminal.

Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced an amendment requiring that students study the reasons ‘the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others.’

It was defeated on a party-line vote.”

Mavis, babe, Jefferson’s out. Wake up and smell the putrefaction. It’s all about Christianity now. Don’t you know Jesus was aiming for total world domination? Don’t worry, He didn’t know it either, but they’re off to the races in Texas. At least RonJohn can’t change Wake’s curriculum. Yet.


  1. Adam Searing

    March 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    One thing I don’t understand is how with printing technology the way it is why Texas can’t just have its own warped textbooks and a version that actually contains Thomas Jefferson be printed for the rest of us.

    I can’t imagine it would cost that much more. Of course, the Texas kids would have some problems if they went to college out of state — “Jefferson who?” — but a little more study of the founders and I’m sure they could catch up.

  2. Rob Schofield

    March 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’m sure it would be on the Ron/John agenda if they could figure out a way, AV.

  3. annie f

    March 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    They might have, Rob… Wake County has hired a mystery outside consultant to write a Wake County curriculum for sex ed. We’ll see what happens when the new board gets their hands on the Healthy Youth Act.

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