Rehberg baits his base

by Pete Talbot

In his Fourth of July newsletter salutation, Congressman Denny Rehberg warns us that:

“ … teaching American History and the Constitution has taken a back seat to a politically correct alternative history curriculum.”

Seems to me that American History curriculum is actually headed in the other direction. Texas for example, has rewritten its curriculum. From the New York Times:

… the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.

Texas textbooks will also challenge evolution and minimize the role of important Latino figures in Texas and American history.

So I’m not sure what Denny’s issue is unless it’s his usual goal of stirring up his base with misinformation and fear.

Then he poses one of his lame quizzes that, of course, will lead to nothing except to agitate his supporters even more.

Matt over at LiTW nailed it on Rehberg’s recent quiz on Health care.

Someday Denny will present us with the important issues of the day and suggest some solutions to the real problems that face Montanans. Yeah, right.

(Update: Looks like Pogie over at Intelligent Discontent saw the same newsletter. Here’s his take on it.)

  1. Mr. Benson

    I think they’ve written Jefferson out of the textbook. All that inconvenient “Nature’s God” deism. This isn’t a new movement, Jefferson was recognized as not being a suitable candidate for the presidency within a few years of his death, due to his outspoken criticism of revealed religion.

  2. klemz

    I don’t know what he’s talking about. There’s still plenty of negationism.

  3. I have long been of the opinion that there should be no history taught in public schools. Because of our power structure, it will never be anything more than lip service to the powerful.

    How to teach history? Abandon text books, assign students to study various periods through various eyes (for instance, the War of 1812 should be viewed through British, Canadian and American eyes, the American Revolution told as seen by a Brit (a “tax revolt”, nothing more), have them report to each other so that their new-found knowledge is spread.

    The way we do it – the textbooks and tests, the embedded patriotism, the lies and omissions – is disgraceful.

    • Big Swede

      Lets omit science and math, replacing it with women’s studies.

      • Scientists have to be good at what they do, as do mathematicians. There’s no faking it in those professions. So schooling has to be meaningful and effective.

        History? They are just making new solders for our next invasions.

  4. Big Swede

    Eliminating history would mean no educational cartoons such as this one.

    I know, I couldn’t resist.

  5. gary

    Montana is in a very difficult situation with its elected senate officials. They are both idiots and very corrupt. If you like to read a funny article about our Montana senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, take a look at this blog entry:

    you will truly LOL

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