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WHat should be in our schools textbooks? SHould history be removed if it makes the founding fathers look bad?

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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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:19 PM on Jan. 17, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:19 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • history is our past but let not forget it we learn from our past and we can move on

    Answer by dutchcanadain at 8:23 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • up until college they censor history anyway. Everything is a sugar coat until you take a college history class.

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 8:25 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • It should't be, but yea....and many many man y kids don't go on to college,,,,,


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:28 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • The truth should be in our textbooks. Texts should present the facts without any slant or bias. They shouldn't try to paint the actions or words as good or bad. Just present them as they are. Example; the full blown attempt to try to make everyone think that most of the Founding Fathers weren't religious when in reality they were. Read their letters written by them to see. It is this type of twisting of the facts that people want stopped. Just tell the truth. As kids get older and learn to analyse the facts, weigh the consequences of actions, and develop skills to form opinions, they will be better educated citizens for it. But presenting only part of an event, or just the facts that show one side or the other in a certain light, that isn't teaching. That is manipulating. That is wrong.

    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?


    Answer by jsbenkert at 8:30 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • If the history we teach isn't accurate we won't learn from it. If we aren't going to learn from it why bother teaching it?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:51 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • it would be nice if schools taught real history taking age appropriateness into account. the founding fathers were good men but like all good men they had their problems and faults. putting a false halo on them gives ignorant ppl the wrong idea about history and makes it harder for real history to be validated. im pretty sure these ppl were taught incorrectly in school and thats why they are convinced these new-fangled text books are wrong. in history we re-find things like that Jefferson fathered children thru a slave...just b/c one doesnt like it doesnt make it false.

    i can understand not putting more in a text book about Crispus Atticus than George Washington, but that doesnt mean Atticus cant be mentioned. or that while discussing the Civil War the text cant also mention Harriet Tubman. history only does good if it is correct information...otherwise whats the point in teaching any of it?

    Answer by okmanders at 8:51 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Arent they already doing this in Texas?? Erasing our history does mean it didn't happen, they just want our children to think we're and have always been a perfect nation (No slaves, no interment camps). The great thing is most teachers refuse to teach text books verbatim. And we do have the internet. Tea baggers have NO control over that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • to hell with saving face we learn nothing from that. textbooks should have facts and truths no matter how things can be perceived. its almost as bad as burning books to not represent the whole truth or to sugar coat it. btw you cant just erase history just because its not in the books doesnt mean it didnt happen. ignorance is not bliss.

    Answer by laura970 at 10:21 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

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