Hijacking American History: An Update

And you think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has problems.The Texas Tribuneupdated us on how its state board of education, a 15-member panel comprised not of educators but social conservatives, is peculiarly endowed with the responsibility of deciding which retelling of history will be taught in Texas public schools.According to the Tribune, the magnitude of their decision-making is outsized, seeing as the content of textbooks "in the lucrative Texas market drives what publishers peddle in other states."If you have any curiosity in how curriculum is dictated,"United States History Studies Since 1877" is basically as good as it gets (full PDF here).An excerpt: Culture. The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. The student is expected to: (B) Describe the impact of significant examples of cultural movements in art, music, and literature on American society including Harlem Renaissance, Beat Generation, Rock and Roll, Chicano Mural Movement, and Hip Hop*.* Hip Hop celebrates the denigration of women, opposition to authority, etc. and should not be included.
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