September 13, 2018
(Don't) remember the Alamo! At least, that's what a handful of Texans were urging. As part of a routine curriculum review, the State Board of Education had nominated dozens of teachers, parents, and businessmen to look through K-12 textbooks and make recommendations. It's usually a touchy debate, and this year was no different!
The volunteers who tackled social studies came back to the 15 members of the state board, suggesting that the word "heroic" be stripped out of the story of the Alamo's defenders. Not surprisingly, the idea triggered a massive uproar from state leaders, who couldn't believe the board would even consider such a thing. From Land Commissioner George P. Bush all the way up to Governor Greg Abbott (R), people fired back at the absurdity of the recommendation. Phones rang off the hook in the board office, and emails came pouring in from hundreds of indignant Texans. After all, that wasn't the only change the working group proposed. They'd also lobbied for the full removal of Moses, America's religious heritage, and Judeo-Christian values.
"Eliminating Moses as one of our law-givers is contrary to factual history and to #SCOTUS precedent. I successfully defended the Ten Commandments on the Capitol Grounds arguing that they were formative to our laws. Moses & the Commandments are in the #SCOTUS Building," Governor Abbott insisted. "Stop political correctness in our schools!" Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were 'Heroic!' I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain."
The board met this week, and, in the first of several votes on the issue, they decided to keep the references to Moses, the Alamo, and other key historic references. Unfortunately for Texans, though, the relief is only temporary. Members of the state board meet again on Friday to debate the issue again -- and trust me, they're under significant pressure from the far-Left, who would like nothing better than to scrub truth from every textbook on the planet.
Our friends at Texas Values, who've sounded the alarm on these revisions, have been encouraged by the number of locals speaking out. "In Texas, you don't mess with the Alamo and you don't mess with our Christian heritage," responded Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz. "We applaud the majority of the State Board of Education for doing the right thing by restoring our foundational rights and history. We are very thankful for the support of Gov. Greg Abbott. We look forward to these crucial teaching standards being included in the final version of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards and we are prepared to fight to protect these standards all the way to the end."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.