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Liberal board wants to destroy ‘heroic’ label of the Alamo in schools. Gov Greg Abbott takes action.

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Liberal education advisers seemingly hellbent on rewriting history have recommended that Texas seventh-graders not be taught that the brave Americans who successfully defended the Alamo Mission in San Antonio from Mexican troops during the Texas Revolution in 1836 were “heroic.”

“Many times the Alamo gets boiled down, as it often does in movies, to the Mexicans are the bad guys and the good guys are good Anglos in coonskin caps,” University of Texas at Austin historian Walter Buenger said in defense of the recommendation to The Dallas Morning News. “Part of the problem with the word heroic may be that it’s too simplistic.”

He added that many Mexicans fought alongside American troops.

While not a member of the advisory panel that reportedly recommended the State Board of Education nix the label “heroic” from the state’s seven-grade curriculum, Buenger’s perspective probably aligns closely with the actual panel members’ perspectives.

However, his views certainly do not align with those of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among many others:

The advisory panel also recommended students not be taught about the “Travis Letter.” Written during the Battle of the Alamo, the letter by Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis is considered a “masterpiece of American patriotism” for the way in which he had outlined his refusal to accept defeat in the face of certain death.

“I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country — victory or death,” Travis had written.

TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe defended the recommendation to remove his letter from the curriculum by citing complaints that the curriculum is too long.

“Could this be reduced by either deleting information, combining standards or clarifying? That was the goal,” she said. “They suggested deleting the Travis letter because they think when teachers talk about the Alamo they will absolutely mention it, but not having it outlined specifically just meant teachers would spend less time on it.”

Many disagreed with this recommendation as well:

Also in disagreement was Thomas Lindsay, the director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Innovation in Education.

“To intentionally deprive our students of such powerful lessons about human dignity and principled courage is the moral equivalent of child psychological abuse,” he opined. “This twisting of history deprives our students of the truth. If courage in the defense of liberty and equality is not heroic, what, precisely, is?”

Well said.

Vivek Saxena

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