On 2.6.2010, Mathew Staver of Liberty Council was on Huckabee speaking about the upcoming Texas School Board meeting about textbooks and curriculum. For those that do not understand the economics of this decision; what Texas decides will end up in your childrens’ textbooks, no matter where you live.
That meeting is going to be held this week, and here is the update.
March 8, 2010 – 4:50 PM | by: Shannon Bream
This week in Texas, the State Board of Education (SBOE) will consider curriculum modifications that could impact millions of students across America. That’s because what Texas ultimately decides has great influence among textbook publishers. The Lone Star state is one of their biggest customers in the world, so publishers craft their books to meet Texas standards. Those books are then sold nationwide. While the Texas SBOE debates whether to include things like Christmas, Paul Revere and the Liberty Bell – some are calling the textbook showdown the newest frontline of the culture war in the U.S.
It’s a battle Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, is watching closely, “Well, if you grab the minds of the young people you grab the minds of the next generation.” Sekulow believes a child’s school board meeting is the most important governmental event a parent can plug into. “Parents don’t check their rights to raise their children at the door to the schoolhouse,” Sekulow cautions. He knows the stakes are high this week in Texas because, “This curriculum, once established, will effect a generation of students – how they think.”
Others are concerned that conservative, religious interests are attempting to stuff Texas textbooks full of their viewpoint. Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State warns, “There is a whole movement to convince Americans that this was founded as a Christian nation, and that’s simply not the case.” Lynn also worries, as others do, that elected board members – and not educators – are the ones making the final curriculum decisions. “The idea of electing people to make judgments about these topics, which frankly they often known nothing about, is a terrible idea,” Lynn says. (emphasis mine)
If not a christian nation, then what? Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Pagan? Wasn’t it Pilgrims that sailed on the Mayflower looking for religious freedom?