The intense national media
coverage of Texas' recent
rewrite of its Social Studies
course standards MISSED THEIR GREATEST SINGLE UPGRADE, which involved World History, not U.S. History.
Texas' State Board of Education (SBOE)
required high school World
History books, not U.S. History texts, to most help students value general, overall benefits of free enterprise (see
page 2 inside)
. High school World History will thus fulfill the Texas Education Code's legislative intent better than U.S. History, whose new
standards stress free-
market benefits much less emphatically. The SBOE should now add that while U.S. History texts must stop ignoring
Christianity, high school World History books must cease attacking it.
In World History the SBOE should take action in the international as well
as the national
culture war. It should check both militant Islamic cultural jihadists (backed by Arab petrowealth in the U.S. textbook industry),
and American academic secularists, in their combined assault on Christianity in World History classes.
Texas' new pro-free enterprise high school World History standard revolutionizes that course's entire economics strand. It governs treatment
of major events over centuries, is much more consequential than the mere insertion or shifting of individuals' names here and there in U.S.
History standards that drew such media play. The stunned public silence that greeted this measure's passage signalled not its triviality but
deep shock at its heretical audacity. Publishers' editorial boards and writing teams all know it voids pro-big government economic bias.
Marxist misperceptions of the Industrial Revolution were the core of communism's pseudo-indictment of capitalism and a staple of many World
History books. Texas' reverberating revision compels them to set straight the free market's positive record in world economic history,
discrediting socialism by implication. An SBOE supporter of the new rule said its chief SBOE foe strove doggedly, covertly, albeit in vain to
the very last to overturn it.
Many wrongly think Texas'
SBOE can reject only those
textbooks that meet less than
50% of its course content standards, flunk certain manufacturing guidelines, or contain factual errors. But it can also dump those that clearly
conflict with basic democratic values. For the first time ever the SBOE should invoke that power to warn publishers not to pander to Islam
against Christianity – long a festering malaise
(see the Manifesto
within here) – in their new high school
World History submissions.
Christian conservative mastery of detail in Texas' textbook approval process is power … as vital to identify textbooks
that so prostitute themselves, as it is to abort their local adoption statewide. Texas' elected SBOE is the one viable national democratic proven check and
balance on textbook publishers' otherwise seemingly-unslakeable lust to kowtow to Allah-lobby conceits. All the oil money in Arabia cannot actually sell into
American schools a book rejected by Texas' elected SBOE in response to documentation by knowledgeable citizen-voters.
Like planets chafing in their fixed orbits, entities subject to Texas' textbook leadership fantasize escape. A California solon urged
monitoring Social Studies books there against Texas' reforms. Unlike Texas, though, California state-approves no high school books, and local
districts lack time to do thorough reviews. Plus, California has suspended textbook approvals until 2016 and may not resume them for "close to
a generation," yielding to Texas. Further, Texas requires student text narratives and review exercises to reinforce its standards multiple times.
Publishers claimed technology now permits them to customize texts for each state. Yet Texas vets books for conformity to its standards much
more carefully than other states do to theirs, just as it finds in them many more factual errors than they do. Texas' greater thoroughness and
rigor in its state textbook approval process make other states more likely to adopt Texas books unawares, sparing publishers the cost of truly