Texas is full of crazies
There’s a fantastic article at the Washington Monthly, detailing the struggle for the heart and “soul” of science education in Texas. As you can probably guess, the fight isn’t going too well.
The article focuses on Don McLeroy, a pudgy creationist moron who sits on the Texas State Board of Education, and who’s been a major player in obliterating science education there. He’s one of the main reasons why Texas science books no longer list the Universe as being 14 billion years old, since this conflicts with their childish belief that God created the Cosmos a few thousand years ago (roughly when the Sumerians invented glue).
Of course, the scariest thing about this is the concentrated effort of conservatives to change history as well as science. McLeroy appointed a man by the name of Bill Ames in January of last year, a wackjob who believes illegal immigrants spread disease, and environmentalism will destroy America. Bill’s work was to change social science standards by adding his own brand of American history to the mix.
Here are some choice quotes from the article that I urge you to read now:
“This critical-thinking stuff is gobbledygook,” grumbled David Bradley, an insurance salesman with no college degree, who often acts as the faction’s enforcer.
…his agenda does not stop there. He and the other conservative experts also want to scrub U.S. history of its inconvenient blemishes—if they get their way, textbooks will paint slavery as a relic of British colonialism that America struggled to cast off from day one and refer to our economic system as “ethical capitalism.”
…the group aims to give history a pro-Republican slant—the most obvious example being their push to swap the term “democratic” for “republican” when describing our system of government.
Have I mentioned how much you suck, Texas?