Texas and its history mess--deja vu all over again





Texas has been here before, here being in a mess with its American history curriculum and textbooks.

The great state is in the spotlight now because its state board of education pushed through some silly and historically inaccurate revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum which historians say pervert American history.

There is, for example, a new requirement for students to study both Abraham Lincoln’s and Jefferson Davis’ inaugural addresses, as if they had equal historical weight....

Back in the early 1990s, Texas adopted new history textbooks, for about $20 million, that apparently nobody in the state education world bothered to check. They were riddled with mistakes....

One of them, for example, said that the Sputnick rocket that the Soviet Union sent into space in the 1950s was a nuclear missile....

Some states never learn.

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