About two dozen tea party activists held a news conference, then met with lawmakers individually to present their list of priorities and “demands” for the 2011 legislative session that opened Tuesday.
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” said Rounds, whose website identifies him as a Vietnam War veteran of the Air Force and FedEx retiree who became a lawyer in 1995.
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Answer by jesse123456 at 8:28 PM on Jan. 17, 2011
Are they suggesting that we gloss over, say, the Civil War era, or the gruesome ways that slaves were treated because some of our founding fathers were slave-owners? The only good thing that could come out of this is that maybe Disney would re-release Song of the South, that they removed from the shelves because if its fictional portrayal of slavery being all sunshine and sweetness.
Is this group in cahoots with the Texas State Board of Education who has had textbooks rewritten to show a more favorable light to conservatives and ignore the accomplishments of men like MLK, as well as those of women and other minorities?
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