. . . whether to approve or disapprove a controversial new Mexican-American studies textbook for use in Texas public schools. (It has been disapproved.) The question is . . .
. . . why is Texas diluting its precious curriculum with race-based courses and textbooks.
Race-based instruction is tactic of the larger progressive project. It is designed to compete with traditional, assimilationist ideas about the American project. To turn e pluribus Unum on its head. To teach, out of one, many.
How? By teaching kids to see themselves as victims. Victims of America. Victims with no path forward except through heightened race consciousness and collective action based on race. People trained this way will vote this way. That is the point.
An ancillary benefit for progressives is that race-conscious curricula create a cadre of race activists in the public schools. It's a manufactured job for graduates with race-based degrees and no marketable skills. Think of them as progressive operatives, paid, as progressive operatives always are, by the taxpayers they loathe.
The book doesn't matter. The courses do.
This is Texas. Why don't we act like Texans and insist that our public schools teach stuff that matters and helps kids of all ethnic heritages learn what they need to know to make good livings and build productive lives?
Why don't we invite all children to join the American project, to respect it, even to love it? Why do we wish to lead any to stand apart from the opportunities that go with assimilation?
Let us not forget: Martin Luther King said his dream "was deeply rooted in the American dream." Amen.