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:
Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’! I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain. @TXSBOE #txlege #tcot https://t.co/Ph9oBoBzKF
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 6, 2018
Revisionist history is a pet peeve of mine. I am on the ballot for SBOE. All this PC has got to stop!
— Tad Hasse (@tadfortexas) September 7, 2018
200 men defending a church against 2000 better armed men, no chance to win. Their deaths helped the creation of a free and independent State against one of the most terrific dictators of the American continent.
What else should one do to be “heroic”?
No safe rooms at the time
— Sic Semper Tyrannis (@DavidTrollRusso) September 6, 2018
Please make it stop! How is it that we promote those who disgrace our flag and erase those who died to protect it.
— Hunter Dehn (@HunterDehn) September 8, 2018
Diminishing the heroism, self-sacrifice and contribution the defenders at the Alamo made is shameful. They stood up for us, we must stand up for them. I am on it Governor and I hope others join as well. Thank you, Sir.
— AP Camele (@22AP22) September 6, 2018
Gov. Abbott, please so what you can to stop this PC insanity. “Remember the Alamo” still applies today, even if that “panel” disagrees.
— KimC27 (@KimTheOdd) September 8, 2018
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:
This politically correct nonsense is why I’ll always fight to honor the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice. His letter & the defenders’ actions must remain at the very core of TX history teaching. This is not debatable to me. https://t.co/4QADkAIZIt
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) September 6, 2018
Our @TXSBOE work committees have done an EXCELLENT job of streamlining TX social studies standards, however, I do not support deleting one of the most iconic letters in US History for 7th grade. #HeroesAll #txed #RememberTheAlamo https://t.co/E3LunswCrQ
— Donna Bahorich-TX SBOE Chair (@donnabahorich) September 7, 2018
I agree 100% as a Texan it is inconceivable to consider dishonoring the heroes of the Alamo in this manner! #remembertheAlamo
— mary holacka (@mjhsaa) September 7, 2018
As an 8th Generation Texan, I remember vividly having to memorize and recite Travis’ letter. It embodies all that IS Texas. Stop trying to change or erase our rich history! #RememberTheAlamo
— Kelly Canon (@kjcanon) September 7, 2018
To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World—
Fellow Citizens & compatriots—
We are besieged, by a thousand or more of the liberals and cowards of the @TXSBOE.
Contact your local representative and tell them: “Victory or Death!”#WEWILLNOTGOQUIETLYINTOTHENIGHT
— RKOoutanowre (@WatchOutForRKO) September 8, 2018
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?”
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