Monday, March 15, 2010

Texas messing with textbooks

At least now we know that the "murder of history" in textbooks is not the sole domain of Pakistan. A Texan dentist, Don McLeroy, is doing his best to include his own historical fairy tales in social studies textbooks. In case you are wondering, yes, he also believes that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and has been fighting to weaken any mention of biological evolution in textbooks. Now I'm no anti-dentite - but this guy is an idiot! Here is a short (about 5min - but it may only play in US) ABC report on the proposed textbook changes (enjoy his logic about why men should get the credit for women voting rights):

Wow! But there is a silver lining: He was booted out in the last election. But he can, and probably will, do significant damage to textbooks before he leaves the office.

Update (Mar 16): Here is an editorial on this mess in today's NYT: Rewriting history in Texas


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