We have had the discussion frequently here about textbooks and school funding, especially with the sorry state of affairs in Texas, which prompted us to start checking our own kids books, how old they are, checking the content more carefully, etc. I was astounded to get my hands on my daughters Texas History book and find (along with many other things) the following. I hope a State or local candidate can take up the issue. How many of these are used state wide? How did this slip through without any one noticing? How is this not indoctrination in the most foul and disgusting way? You better believe, had it been the other way around, they would never have allowed us to get away with it...I am scared now to take on my sons 7th Grade American History book!
Author: Larry Willoughby
Available? On Amazon.com, ranging in price from $45 to $95
Excerpts and observations, starting in Chapter 31, page 660:
Timeline on pages 660-661 goes from 1845 to the Present, starting with the Texans casting their first votes as US Citizens in 1848 and ends in 2000 with George W. Bush's election as President. Curiously, the pictures across the top are as follows; an electronic voting machine with the caption "Recent technology has been used to make vote recorders that are very accurate"-next is a campaign button for Bill Clements with the caption that reads "With his election in 1978, Bill Clements became the first Republican governor in more than 100 years"-next to that is a picture of under voting age kids with posters that say "Bush/Quayle, 92" and a caption that reads "Texas teenagers participated in the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston". There is no spot on the timeline indicating Ann Richards as one of the most popular governors in Texas and Barbara Jordan is mentioned at 1972 is not listed as a Democrat but a Texan. Curiously, there is a picture at the bottom of Ellis Island and the caption "Ellis Island was the nation's busiest immigration entry point during the early 1900s. Many immigrants have become naturalized citizens."
Page 670 gives a biography of Phil Gramm and this is highlighted with a star and TEKS (meaning a reading check to see if they comprehend the material) with the question How has Gramm served the people of Texas?
Page 671 does finally include a quote by a Democrat, Molly Beth Malcolm, but the only thing they print is her saying "I'm glad Texas is a two-party state. That's how democracy should be."
Page 671 then goes on to explain that Texas was a one party state until the Republicans came along in the 70's and since then have "held many statewide political offices, and Texas has become a two-party state."
Oh but there is more.
AND POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE:
ON Page 673 In the paragraph on PAC's, Karl Rove is quoted as saying "Texas has grown to be a very big state, and when you have state senatorial districts that rival the size of congressional districts, you are trying to reach an awful lot of people and it costs a lot of money to run.Television costs continue to escalate year after year."