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  • Independent Lens

Independent Lens | The Revisionaries | Clip | PBS

Duration: 01:35
Program: Independent Lens #1407
Broadcast Date: Jan. 25, 2013

Premiering January 28, 2012. Check local listings: www.pbs.org Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and avowed young-earth creationist, leads the Religious Right charge. McLeroy was elected to the Texas State Board of Education and later appointed chairman. During his time on the board, McLeroy has overseen the adoption of new curriculum standards, drawing national attention and placing Texas on the front line of the so-called "culture wars." About the Film The theory of evolution and US history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential board of education. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly five million schoolchildren. When an unabashed creationist seeks re-election as chairman, the theory of evolution and US history are caught in the crosshairs, which could impact the classroom curricula not only of Texas, but also of the nation as a whole. In Austin, Texas, 15 people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly five million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole. Learn more about "Independent Lens": www.pbs.org Watch "Independent Lens" films online: video.pbs.org --

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Post Date: January 25, 2013