We recently spoke w/ educator and Texas State Board of Education candidate Rebecca-Bell Metereau about the issues surrounding Texas Text Books and the right wing changes being pushed in upcoming curriculm.
She gave us an insightful breakdown by explaining all that led up the TSBOE being hijacked by far right wing Christian conservatives who have set out to rewrite history and have Texas Text Books and curriculm reflect a world view that is white washed. Rebecca-Bell describes it as 'Happy History'.
We also talked about why people need to be concerned about Texas and what it does with it's Text Books. It will impact 90% of the country.
Despite the growth in the development of Black, Latino, Native American, Asian and other cultural history curricula throughout the country, if we take a look at the current state of education and how it affects our youth, we can safely say that we are in the same state that we were back then, if not worse.
By now everyone has heard about the big fight over text books and history curriculum here in Texas. To sum it up, there was a push to put a number of far right-wing fundamentalist conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education where standards are set every ten years or so. Many people, in particular Democrats were asleep at the wheel and lo and behold, the far right organized, packed the board 10-5 and then proceeded to dismantle current standards by removing historical figures like Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall and many other heroes and sheroes of Black and Brown people and replaced them with conservative folks like Jerry Falwell and Newt Gingrich. It’s just now many of us are reporting on this, but according to activists and educators on the ground here in Texas, this has been brewing for a very long time...
We caught this footage of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White speaking at the Rally for New Leadership at Scholz Garten in Austin, TX on December 6, 2009. Mayor White spoke about Texas values, his ability to bring politically diverse groups of people together, and the critical role education will play in the future of Texas.
We caught up w/ Houston rap star Chingo Bling who talked to us about the upcoming Texas governor’s race, education, young people, and his love for custom made cowboy boots.
Houston, TX Minister Johnny Jeremiah speaks on George Bush, children, the youth vote, and obligation to our ancestors.