Texas Idiot Wants Kids to Be as Dumb as She Is

Pat Hardy, a member of the Texas State Board of Education, is a clueless clod when it comes to the Civil War, and she wants to make sure school children in that state remain as ignorant as she is about history. According to this doofus, slavery was a “side issue to the Civil War.” She claims, “There would be those who would say the reason for the Civil War was over slavery. No. It was over states’ rights.” This story details the benighted attempt to keep Texas school children as dumb as rocks. She and her equally dim cronies have been at this since 2010, when they revised the Texas state learning standards downward. They require Texas students to read Jefferson Davis’ inaugural address while ignoring Alexander Stephens’ Cornerstone speech in which he identified the cornerstone of the confederacy as slavery and the preservation of white supremacy. They apparently also fail to read the Texas Declaration of Causes, which spells out the reasons why Texas seceded. That document tells us, “Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated States to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility [sic] and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery–the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits–a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slave-holding States of the confederacy. Those ties have been strengthened by association.” After a litany of complaints regarding threats to slavery, the authors of that document say clearly, “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable. That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States. By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.”

James Grossman of the American Historical Association wrote, “The War happened only because of the determination of the leadership of eleven states to defend the right of their residents to own other human beings. The Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery.”

Texas has the most politicized social studies education standards in the country, which goes to show once again that politicians can’t be trusted when it comes to education. According to the Washington Post article, “For decades, some Southerners have emphasized states’ rights as the cause of the war. Nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — believe that states’ rights was the main cause of the war, compared to 38 percent who said the main cause was slavery, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey.

Raul Cevallos, who graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015, founded a group to increase political awareness, and his group surveyed Texas students on their historical knowledge. “The group asked students three simple questions about the United States, including ‘Who won the Civil War?’ for a video that later went viral online. ‘The Confederates,’ answered one student. ‘The South,’ said another. Others said they’re weren’t sure. But the same students answered questions about pop culture — ‘Who is married to Brad Pitt?’ — correctly. ‘If you don’t know about the Civil War, and you don’t know about things like slavery, then you wouldn’t really be able to understand why our society is the way it is today,’ Cevallos said.”

While Hardy and her ilk no doubt will have some success in keeping Texas schoolchildren ignorant, dedicated teachers will still be in the classroom teaching the truth. “Stephen Wright, an eighth-grade teacher in Nacogdoches, a small and conservative East Texas town, said some Texas students undoubtedly leave their classrooms believing that slavery was not the primary cause of the Civil War. But not his students. Wright said he has his students read the Southern state declarations of secession to learn for themselves what the war was about. He deals with the Civil War standards — he has to teach the standards, because they might show up on the state’s history test — by explaining the reasons that ‘some people believe’ the war happened. ‘Man, it’s all about slavery,’ he said. ‘The students know that.’ “

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8 comments

  1. Jimmy Dick · · Reply

    Of course, after they get done being lied to in high school in Texas with these deliberately constructed lies, they go to college. There, people like me, dedicated left wing Marxist, godless communists, over educated brainiacs, ivory tower living liberals hell bent on the destruction of the United States (in the eyes of the diehard conservatives) use facts to explain history as it actually happened.

    I think Hardy was also involved in the attempt to write evolution out of the science textbooks as well. This is just another example of people shoving their personal beliefs at everyone else and ignoring the facts that they don’t like.

    Pat Hardy is just another David Barton type idiot.

  2. The ONLY reason to be so afraid of actual history is indeed keeping and perpetuating the myth of white supremacy.

  3. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    Quote: While Hardy and her ilk no doubt will have some success in keeping Texas schoolchildren ignorant, dedicated teachers will still be in the classroom teaching the truth.

    I really appreciate the fact that this statement was included in the commentary. Sadly, the teachers get tied into decisions that they had no part of, and they become the face of blame. Apparently, no one is asking the teachers what they think in this case either, as the “clueless clod” (love this term) Pat Hardy has been allowed to let her ignorance become mandated into the Texas state learning standards for a while. Oversight, anyone? This is maddening!

  4. Goodness. It makes me very sad to think that this far into the space age and information age, there are still people aggressively promoting ignorance of easily refutable important issues (and still having some level of success).

  5. bob carey · · Reply

    To quote the wag “the only thing wrong with Texas is that it’s full of Texans” and I do apologize to Andy Hall on that one.
    Texas is using its’ state rights to force the teaching of a false narrative in American History in
    regards to the Civil War and probably Reconstruction.
    Why is it so difficult to understand that, Slavery was wrong, the concept of the Confederacy was wrong, the formation of the Confederacy was wrong and secession was wrong? It is really that simple.

    1. When one engages in ancestor worship and pins their worthiness on the so-called “honor” of their ancestors, then one does things like this.

  6. This is exactly why I love what Al does here on this invaluable site and blog.
    Polling has shown the public leans toward the “states rights” perspective about the cause of the Civil War.
    This revision of history has been pushed constantly by those who hold onto the “Lost Cause” myth hoping to clean up what contextual history reveals to us.

    Now we can hear these claims coming from Judge Napolitano formerly of FOX and other neo-confederates.
    Most here know all about the secession statements of these Southern states.
    I offer three more names of influence during that period.
    Who would I trust as being able to state clearly what the war was about, Judge Napolitano or these men below? Hmmm?

    The Gray Ghost, Col. John Singleton Mosby.
    Here is what John Mosby had so say about secession, the war and slavery.
    “The South went to war on account of slavery. South Carolina went to war – as she said in her two Secession proclamation – because slavery would not be secure under Lincoln.
    South Carolina ought to know what was the cause for her seceding.”
    http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/reconstruction/resources/former-confederate-officer-slavery-and-civil-war-1907

    General Henry Benning

    Take it away General Benning….. ” What was the reason that induced Georgia to take the step of secession? This reason may be summed up in one single proposition. It was a conviction, a deep conviction on the part of Georgia, that a separation from the North-was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of her slavery. ”

    William T. Thompson creator of one of the Confederate battle flags stated this,

    “As a people, we are fighting to maintain the heaven ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.”

    Not even debatable how these participants of that period saw the cause of the war.

    Thanks Al. This is just one more example of what you do in posting and sharing information. Outstanding!
    Very relevant in what we see all around us.

  7. It shows the importance of history and the important struggle for the truth.

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