If you think that what I am about to write does not affect you please take a look at this quote:
Texas is the nation’s second-largest textbook market and one of the few biggies where the state picks what books schools can buy rather than leaving it up to the whims of local districts, which means publishers that get their books approved can count on millions of dollars in sales. As a result, the Lone Star State has outsized influence over the reading material used in classrooms nationwide, since publishers craft their standard textbooks based on the specs of the biggest buyers. As one senior industry executive told me, “Publishers will do whatever it takes to get on the Texas list.”
This article titled Revisionaries: How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks by Mariah Blake from the Washington Monthly is very saddening to me. I had heard off-handedly through the news that it was pretty bad down there (i.e. teaching creationism in schools movement), but I did not realize how bad it was until I read this article. There is an all out assault on education to, again, enshrine Fundamentalist Christianity into our culture and education while totally ignoring scientific facts and historical accuracy.
Again, they wish to impose upon the public their theological view points when we, most assuredly, do not ask for it. Our public education system needs to be free from religious interference or view points, for our education system is for everyone regardless of your religious preference. If you want religious knowledge go to church or a seminary, buy a book, or talk to your parents and family. The public education system is not the place for a theological bias.
Religion is a personal choice and our public schools are not. By virtue of teaching Fundamentalist Christian view points we are discriminating against everyone who does not share that view point, and are ensuring prejudice and bigotry towards non-Christians in the next generations. Perhaps a student attending a public might be Hindu, Muslim, Mormon, or Jewish? Should they be subjected to heavily conservative and Christian colored history lesson.
I do believe that we do need to teach about religion in our schools so people know about the different religions out there. We need to teach and not preach a Comparative Religion class.
Who do you want writing your public schools’ text books?