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Well how will this affect the textbooks.
That American children news in their schools one of the six experts hired by the Texas school board to review the textbooks joins us now he's David Barton.
The founder of -- BLDRs dot com I history ministry he's also been named one of the top 25 influential evangelicals.
By time magazine welcome sir thank you for joining us.
-- -- be with him is okay the first of well.
The mere fact that you know you're -- religious man gets a lot of people upset that's nothing you don't know.
But what are your metrics for deciding what should be in -- out of textbooks this matter to a lot of people.
It really does and from our standpoint where we're very blessed to have.
We we have over a 100000 original documents from before 1812 so thousands of the handwritten letters -- John Adams and Jefferson.
And those are very significant history and that the framework from -- -- com.
As I look at the the recent studies that we've done on education in America we -- the 49% of graduating seniors cannot name the three branches of government.
We find the 46% do not know what free market means.
We find that more students thought the Ulysses S.
Grant led the troops about -- fourth and George Washington.
And we find that most kids thought that constitutional convention was where they -- the emancipation proclamation.
So from our standpoint we want history we want sound history and work the point that just because some of that might be religious you don't -- that.
You may have seen it one of the controversial proposal to teachers -- was taking Christmas out of the textbooks was annoyed and that that's been a federal holiday well over a century why take that out.
So that's what's getting a lot of play -- our focus really is on getting sound standards for economics and for government and for history.
All right but still the question remains -- -- was trying to bring up its.
Who decides who gets to decide what goes in these text but that's really serious issue yeah wheat growing up I was -- -- that Reagan was an.
I mean it's crazy and I think that we underestimate.
That ability of children and and young adults and adults.
To finally get their history lessons.
-- later on.
That's right and it very is very significant I mean the proposals here in Texas -- They proposed take it out liberty bell taken advantage of the and Albert Einstein and George Patton -- that we don't think -- -- writers.
But that's part what the controversy has been.
But the decision making process is really a very sound process you have literally hundreds of teachers to get together and -- the first set of standards.
Then we have fifteen elected state board of education member of the state -- 24 million Texans.
And they point six expert reviewers now with one of those in the we go for what that the teachers have said and we say will consider adding this -- taken -- -- let's change this.
And the what's happening today as those fifteen elected state board of education members.
Will wade through everything we've recommended what the teachers are recommended and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people who are speaking in public testimony.
And they will make the final decision so a lot -- process is very accountable these people are elected by the people to do this.
They listen all sides and I think they come up with an excellent set of standards that made a lot of changes in the last two meetings and meet every other month.
And I think they've moved back in a very traditional direction where we will study the declaration itself rather talk.
And about talking to you I think read about talking easier because I talking to I think make calm people down a little bit when you say that you're looking at historical documents but -- You started with your statement that a lot of kids couldn't name the three branches of government isn't that a speaking more to the so the pathetic that's I guess if that's if Google -- Great -- real educated right -- to how our teachers are teaching vs what's in the textbooks themselves.
But I just part of -- course under No Child Left Behind.
That the schools if we gonna get federal money have to have to meet standards and and things like math and thinks like science and rating but not in history.
And so so often now to get money you teach to what the testing is and is not an exit test on -- -- site.
So that's not we're teachers spend their time on the president got to end it there and -- without another live interview coming up with David thank you very much thank you wanna.
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