Reclaim Texas' textbooks

Posted Friday, Feb. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I've been unable to stop thinking about the PBS documentary The Revisionaries.

It depicted how a small sect of religious extremists known as "young-Earth creationists" gained control of the Texas State Board of Education and decided what every student in Texas will learn from kindergarten through high school for the next generation.

Their revised standards force textbook editors to include far right-wing revisionist lessons on what students learn about evolution, climate change, separation of church and state, civil rights history and the contributions of minorities in our state's and nation's history.

To be clear, I do not oppose belief. I oppose belief that opposes science. I oppose believers who politicize their beliefs and inject them into the public schools.

I don't know if you are as incensed as I am, but if you are then we must take action immediately.

Ignorance is not a Texas value. We cannot let our children become the laughingstock of the nation.

If we do nothing, we will lose a generation of our children to the influence of extremists. Reform the Texas State Board of Education and rewrite the state textbook standards.

Put our children ahead of politics.

-- Mary Stevens, Fort Worth

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