California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) has introduced a bill to stop Texas textbooks from getting into California classrooms. Earlier this year, Texas cut Thomas Jefferson out of textbooks and replaced him with the religious right icon John Calvin -- who argued that riches are the sign of god's blessing and poverty is a sign of god's curse -- and also tossed out the word "democratic" from the description of the U.S. government, replacing it with "republic" which sounds more like "Republican" -- an old rhetorical trick that goes back to Joe McCarthy's time.
A new report in the Guardian reveals that the Texas dropped the phrase "slave trade" in favor of 'Atlantic triangular trade." And newly proposed changes in Texas schoolbooks include teaching kids the importance of gutting social security & medicare and how the UN "is a danger to US sovereignty." The Texas school board will be meeting again this week and conservatives have promised to keep chipping away correct years of liberal bias in history classes. Texas serves 4.7 million students and accounts for a large percentage of the textbook market, and they influence what is taught in the the entire US. Why are our textbooks for children becoming a Tea Party Manifesto?