Three Victories For Conservatives in Culture Wars

March 16, 2010 12:11

A culture wars triple play for Conservatives happened last week.

Peter Hannaford writes at Human Events:

Last week saw not one but three conservative victories in the culture wars. The most stunning was the elected Texas School Board’s vote to make more than 100 amendments to the state’s social studies textbooks.  Next came the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to deny an effort to remove declare unconstitutional  the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency.  Third was in the political arena, but amounted to a conservative cultural victory when the aura of corruption began floating above the Democrats’ Congressional cohort.

In Austin, in its once-a-decade review of textbooks, the board (10 Republicans, 5 Democrats) took up the 120-page curriculum standards that cover history, sociology and economics courses in elementary and high schools. It had been developed by a teachers’ panel.

Dr. Don McLeroy said of the conservative group on the board, “We are adding balance,”  and add it they did.  The new text books will  mention the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and ‘90s, along with the fact that Republican votes in Congress played a pivotal role in the adoption of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. McLeroy told the New York Times, “I think it’s going to surprise some students.”

Another amendment calls for students to study “the unintended consequences”  of sweeping Great Society legislation. And, it will add the teachings of free-market economists Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman to the current textbook list of Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and  “economist” Karl Marx.


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