Texas Ultraconservatives pushed through changes to the Texas Curriculum that will help ensure Texas’ youth are educated based on a far-right world view, helping to ensure that ultraconservative memes survive another generation. The changes include:
- stressing that the United States is a Constitutional Republic rather than a Democratic entity.
- highlighting Judeo-Christian influences on the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state
- stressing that the U.S. free enterprise system thrives best without excessive government intervention
- Focusing more on the 2nd Amendment’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
- refusal to include Hip-Hop as a significant cultural movement
- Amendments to include names of significant Hispanics throughout history were denied
- removing a requirement that sociology students “explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.”
It’s clear that Texas is intent on creating radicalized soldiers ready to fight in the culture war ultraconservatives see themselves waging against the rest of the free world. What they will not be producing is educated citizens of a free state, ready to take their place in a modern and interdependent world.
The changes to Texas’ curriculum are not yet final as there is still a public comment period before the final vote in May.