|Action Reaction: Redacting History - by Brett Edward Stout|
|The Power of the Written Word|
|What we need to do|
We need unified opposition and outcry to the redacting of American and world history. We need to move to block our children from being force-fed the ideology of the Right until there is no child Left behind. At the moment, doing this means that the Texas Board of Education must be removed from the responsibility it has assumed. It has proven itself unable to bear that burden ethically.
While the moderate resolution is to call for court action in order to protect students from politically contorted teaching, perhaps an extreme approach is merited in the face of extreme treachery. Perhaps if Texas insists on standing alone in rewriting history, it should do so without the benefit of federal education funding. No smaller punishment is deserved for such grossly partisan abuse of elected office and public trust.
In America as well as Texas, where everyone stands to salute the “almighty dollar” perhaps it’s time to call for Texas to pledge its allegiance— with liberty and justice for all.
Writer, filmmaker, and photographer Brett Edward Stout is a Cedar Rapids native and recent graduate of the University
of Iowa. He spent five years in the US Marine Corps as a Russian linguist. His first novel Sugar-baby Bridge was published in 2008. He is currently working on his second novel, entitled The Lives Between.