Please, mess with Texas

PLEASE, MESS WITH TEXAS…. The Texas Board of Education continues to move forward with its painfully dumb new social studies curriculum, but let’s not forget, the lesson plans can get worse.

With the long-running Texas history textbooks standards fight scheduled to end with a final vote by the State Board of Education Friday, arch-conservative board member Don McLeroy is proposing a new set of changes that read like a tea party manifesto.

The new amendment, which is expected to get a vote on Thursday, would require high school history students to “discuss alternatives regarding long term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, given the decreasing worker to retiree ratio” and also “evaluate efforts by global organizations to undermine U. S. sovereignty.”

McLeroy, who lost a Republican primary recently but will continue with his silly crusade for the rest of the year, said students should be aware of his paranoid delusions, possibly involving the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

Keep in mind, the right-wing activists on the board are just relying on their own wishes — no historians, sociologists, educators, or economists have been consulted on the new curriculum. The ideologues simply decide what kind of “truths” they like best, and then shape the state’s curriculum accordingly.

As we’ve reported for months, the results are predictably ridiculous, but apparently, they’re not quite done.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.