by William Moultrie
Columbia – South Carolina’s textbook task force claims to have found a way to avoid all of the controversy plaguing the Texas School Board and save money at the same time.
“It was easy,” said task force chairperson Bridget Keeney. “We did a little research and discovered that we have hundreds of boxes of already-approved history textbooks from the 1940s through the 1960s lying around in the basement of the State Museum. They’re a little old, but they’ve been well-preserved and should serve our students well. Best of all, we already own them, so they’re free.”
“Since all of these books have already gone through the required processes to be approved for student use, we’ll be able to skip that step and at the same time avoid a lot of the ‘hot-potato’ topics such as the civil rights movement and the Reagan Revolution, as they were printed before those took place. Of course it’s true that the books aren’t very current, but the subject is history, not current events, so we think they’ll be fine.”
Texas has been making national headlines as their state school board has been attempting to add what many deem to be right-leaning content to their history textbooks while eliminating some more left-leaning events and people.
Governor Mark Sanford appointed the task force last year.
“I am so proud of the job Bridget and her team have done,” Sanford said. “It’s remarkable what you can accomplish when you have the foresight to establish a task force.”
Historians were less enthusiastic about the news.
“I’m somewhat horrified,” said Tyler Clark, professor of American History at the University of South Carolina. “I haven’t seen the textbooks yet, but having grown up here in South Carolina in the 50s, we can expect to see a lot of Civil War history, a lot of emphasis on colonists over Native Americans, and not much at all about non-Caucasians. On the other hand, at least they won’t be adding their own crazy right-wing spin to the last forty years of American history, so that’s some solace.”
An addendum to the original announcement was sent out to the press later in the day that stated: “In deference to concerns that the past several decades of American history would be omitted from our schools’ educational agenda, we have found donors who are willing to provide an addendum in pamphlet form. The pamphlet will cover the historic events of the 1960s through today. Donors include Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Heritage Foundation.
Pamphlets from the state government are not required to be reviewed before being distributed to students.