“Evolution is hooey!”

“Evolution is hooey!”

Find out how conservatives are controlling our public schools’ textbooks.

As a homeschooler, I could write for days about why I choose not to send my daughter to public school. The main reason, of course, is something Winston Churchill could have told you decades ago—that schools do not have much to do with education. One of the smaller, but nonetheless disturbing, reasons is our biased curriculum selected by only a few conservative people in the country—which only continues to worsen.

Just last year we learned about how evolution was to be removed from many science tests, just as the importance of Reagan as the ultimate hero was to be expanded in history books. But why does the Texas State Board of Education have so much say when it comes to local history books all across the rest of the country?If you guessed money, you guessed right. The New York Review of Books recently released a report about how this very conservative, very Christian group of people is in charge of what so many of our children receive as factual knowledge in the classroom—texts that they are often discouraged to question, if they are even inclined to; by the time they are in junior high, most children know to sit, docile and quiet, as information is hurled at them to memorize and be tested over. They do not ask questions, nor think critically, as they were born doing; why would they, when it’s not on the test and it only aggravates many teachers who also must teach to these tests?

This group of conservatives is elected by a very tiny group of voters, and funded by a very wealthy pool of people with connections and vested interests in keeping the youth of our country of a conservative, narrow mind—hence, their handpicked board members are inclined to continue making changes, hacking away at the history of women and Native Americans and people of color and basically anyone who might harm this very specific agenda.

One supposed expert consulted for the remaking of history books was a Minuteman militia man, who openly admitted to first making sure books adequately covered both Christianity and Reagain’s heroism as their basis. 

Some other distressing textbook cuts include the New Deal, hotlines for suicide prevention, and the term “gay.” Many are mandated to not include evolution as a proven fact, but only as a “theory,” and even then, side-by-side with creationist beliefs. It should also be noted that other states have done similar actions—yet Texas’s remain most disturbing, since they impact many other states’ textbooks as well.