Saturday, March 13, 2010

Texas school curriculum

I suspect this is going to make some people upset:
After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.

...In economics, the revisions add Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek, two champions of free-market economic theory, among the usual list of economists to be studied, like Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. They also replaced the word “capitalism” throughout their texts with the “free-enterprise system.”
On the one hand I can sympathize with those, typically Democrats and those on the political left, who disagree with such teachings, and see this as a heavy-handed attempt to shove ideology down the throats of the state's children. On the other hand, this is a pretty classic case of being hoisted by one's own petard. Advocating for expanded government is perhaps all well and good when you're at the helm, but perhaps less so when the other guy is steering the ship of state.

It's another good argument for getting government out of the education business.

1 comment:

china space program said...

Wasted energy. Texas will always vote republican. They should implement such program in places where votes are more in favor of the democrats. Would be much more cost effective.