By Erin L. Cox
I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, “History is written by the victors.” And, that phrase could not be truer when examining today’s decision by the Texas Board of Education to change social studies curriculum standards. The vote came down 11-4 in favor of changing the guidelines for history, economic, and government textbooks to reflect a conservative perspective on American capitalism, religion, and which major cultural movements to focus on and which to leave out.
Their decision begs the question, are textbooks becoming propaganda for the conservative and religious right in Texas? Could the 4.7 million children who will learn from these textbooks be defrauded into learning a view of history and social politics that is biased and right-leaning?
I grew up in Texas. My niece and nephew go to public school in Texas and I worry about the way these books will impact their understanding of the world and their place in it. There is still a few weeks before final approval of these standards will be passed. With any hope, the Board of Education will reexamine their choices and take a more centrist view of these standards.