I’ve not mentioned anything about the Texas Board of Education’s curriculum conference this past week largely because it’s been getting plenty of coverage. One of the things about blogging, however, is that you tend to get your news from a variety of sources including those without political axes to grind. I tend to forget that most of the folks around here usually only get the story from 1 source: The Washington Post. A paragon of accurate, unbiased reporting it’s not. Ann Althouse, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, found that WaPo’s reporting on how “controversial” the newly-approved curriculum is could only find support for that label by misquoting.
If you’re going to criticize the new social studies curriculum adopted by the Texas Board of Education, you’d better quote it. Or at least link to the text. And if you choose to paraphrase and not even link, and I have to look up the text myself, and your paraphrase is not accurate, it is my job to embarrass you by pointing that out.
Althouse read the article in question and then took the step WaPo’s reporters and editors 1) should have done themselves or 2) are desperately hoping no reader will undertake: she looked at the source material to see what the Texas BoEd actually said. What she found was outright misstatement and the clearly deliberate injection of inflammatory verbiage in the article nowhere supported by the actual text of what Texas approved. You should read her post for the details.
For the record, I think what happened in Texas was a necessary re-alignment of the curriculum back closer to historical reality. It’s been messed with over the course of years and it needed to be fixed. I applaud what I’ve read in that proposed curriculum and I think our future students will be much, much better off learning what’s to be taught from it.