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historiography

Posted on: 13 March 2010

[warning! long-winded academic rant below :) ]

um, wtf, texas? not okay.

“After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.”

stressing the ‘superiority’ of american capitalism? are you kidding me? as a former history major (and a human being with common sense), i don’t even know where to begin with all the problems i have with that. IS the american system superior? how do you know? even if you assume it is, there’s no way to prove it. what’s the ‘test’ for superiority? and IF you somehow prove that the american system is superior, how do you prove that it’s strictly due to capitalism? etc etc etc.

the founding fathers and their seperation of church and state? yes, OF COURSE they based some parts of our system on christianity. they were christians! (some of them deists.) that doesn’t mean they thought religion should control government. you know what makes me the most sick about this part? this:

“…managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone.”

TJ didn’t inspire revolution? that would be a laughable statement if it wasn’t so terrifying, digsusting, and unequivocally DEAD WRONG.

screw you, texas. you can’t just rewrite history because it serves your political agenda. obviously you’re not the only ones, but good god, when you not only do this but are so blatant and unapologetic about it, it makes me want to vomit. i’m glad i went to school in north carolina.

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