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The Revisionaries

January 30th, 2013

Looks like a good PBS documentary coming up about the extremists in Texas taking over the school board and trying to force textbooks to cram in all manner of revisions based upon fundamentalist and right-wing ideological dogma.

Called The Revisionaries, it focuses on a power Texas had to force changes in education nationwide—but the website points out has since significantly decreased after Texas switched from a statewide textbook review to one relegated to individual districts. Thank God.

Check local listings for broadcast times.

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  1. kensensei
    January 30th, 2013 at 13:40 | #1

    I found it online in PBS archives.
    Follow this link:


    Thanks for bringing this up.


  2. Luis
    January 30th, 2013 at 13:48 | #2

    Yeah, I found that too–but that’s the online version and not available for a month or so. Also, for me, it probably won’t work as I am not in the U.S.

    The air date was supposed to be very recent, but PBS stations vary sometimes, and there are repeat showings.

  3. Troy
    February 1st, 2013 at 06:44 | #3

    The idea of “textbook” is odd now that Apple changed the world.

    Just like Apple had a big hand in killing the typewriter, LOL.

    I have a friend with 1800 ebooks and pdfs on his iPad, mostly technical and scientific.

    At 1″ per book that’s 10+ IKEA bookcases. . .

    And this doesn’t even get into interactive educational content. There WILL be changes here, but it will be slow in coming since ‘the future is here but not evenly distributed’, paraphrasing William Gibson.

    And my friend still has all of this on a cruddy 2010 iPad that’s still going strong 3 years later. Luckily his eyes can’t even see the high-density displays all that better.

    There were big changes 1970 to 1990 and thanks to the mobile/internet revolution 2010 was a bit more different from 1990 (without iOS, we’d only have the internet).

    (Getting into server-side & light client app stuff now. Hadn’t been following the advances in HTML5 until just this year but it’s all coming together nicely. I think Microsoft’s TypeScript is going to do excellent things for software development, since JavaScript is a damn fine language that just needs a bit more refinement in numerous places.)

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