Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mississippi House Bill Seeks to Ban 'Partisan Agenda or Philosophy' in History Classes

I haven't seen anything like this before.

In response to the recent conservative rewriting of the Texas social studies standards, the Mississippi House of Representatives is considering a bill that would prevent history courses from promoting "any partisan agenda or philosophy."

According to this article, the bill would prevent a teacher from endorsing liberal ideology, conservative ideology, or any ideology in-between (The one case study offered in the article is a parent complaining about her child getting indoctrinated in history class with liberal idea).

Should this bill pass, it should get very interesting when Mississippi officials try to enforce it.

HT: AHA Today

3 comments:

Tim Lacy said...

Hello McCarthyism---updated and renamed for whoever sponsors this MS bill. ...I wonder what textbooks they use? The ones approved by Texans? Oh the irony. - TL

PGS said...

Florida had a similar clause in an education bill a few years ago that sparked national debate. The AHA released a statement on it here: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2007/0703/0703aha6.cfm

The clause read: "The history of the United States, including the period of discovery, early colonies, the War for Independence, the Civil war, the expansion of the United States to its present boundaries, the world wars, and the civil rights movement to the present. American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and testable, and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."

Jamie Boehmer said...

How do you even monitor this?