Texas’ rad­i­cal teach­ings

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion didn’t go near far enough. It didn’t ban from text­books all ref­er­ences to the an­cient Greeks and Ro­mans.

Those old guys might have in­vented democ­racy and civil en­gi­neer­ing and all that, but they were ac­tu­ally quite rad­i­cal. Re­mem­ber Antigone and her de­fi­ance of the king? And Socrates, put to death be­cause he wouldn’t con­form to the new stan­dards of the Athens Board of Ed­u­ca­tion? And Cicero, so odi­ous to the mak­ers of the new con­tract with Rome (the one that ended the re­pub­lic) that they cut off his head and his hands and nailed them on dis­play in the Fo­rum.

The worst thing about them was that they were all pa­gan. Not a sin­gle born-again among them.

Where did I learn all this? From text­books. Right there, deep in the heart of Texas. This has got to stop. O tem­pora, o mores.

Su­San FoRd Wilt­ShiRE su­san.f.wilt­shire@van­der­bilt.edu

Van­leer, tenn.

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