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Texas Culturist Curriculum and National Solvency – By Dr. John Press

Editor’s Note: One of the greatest benefits to attending an event like CPAC is the wealth of people one meets. One of the more interesting people I met at the three day conference was Dr. John Press. We attended a blogger “meet and greet” sponsored by Campaign for Liberty. Dr. Press is a culturist and a History of Education Curriculum Designer at Empire State College SUNY and Adjunct Professor, Vaughn Aeronautics College. He has a blog on Culturism and is the author of  “Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future.”   www.culturism.us has more information about culturism.

The recent controversy with the Texas School Board is the topic of this post. Most people fail to understand the history involved here and want to put some type of spin. Dr. Press points makes a number of valid points from a culturist point of view.

Texas Culturist Curriculum and National Solvency

The Texas school board’s setting patriotic curriculum standards for their school textbooks could actually impact the solvency of the western world.  This may sound like hyperbole.  And, of course, debt and other issues also impact the solvency of the West.  But the Texas – American War shows the importance of loyalty to ones’ nation.  Rather than promoting the multicultural ethnic studies vision in our textbooks, national safety requires that we embrace common sense culturism and promote America in our schools.

In 1832 Mexico passed the first ever immigration law in North America.  This law made it illegal for more Anglo immigrants to enter into the Mexican state of Tejas.  This law was passed because Mexico understood the culturist truth that demographics are destiny.   In 1830 there were 4,000 – 5,000 people of Mexican descent in Tejas and approximately 25,000 Anglo-Americans.

Mexico inherited “ownership” of Tejas when they got independence from Spain.  So legally they had held it for about a decade.  Spain got it when the Pope divided what they knew of the western hemisphere between them and Portugal in the late 15th century; Portugal got Brazil and Spain got the rest.  But, the Native Americans living on the land did not recognize ownership by the Pope, Spain or Portugal.  They had largely driven out all Catholic missionaries out of their territories.

Having no luck getting Mexicans to settle in what was called “Tejas” en masse, the Mexican President, Santa Anna, said Anglos could settle in the area if they would swear allegiance to Mexico, learn Spanish, and become Catholic.  But that only created paper loyalty.  In actuality settlers expected a say in their government (not a Mexican tradition), public schools to be built (not a Mexican tradition), freedom of religion (not a Mexican tradition), laws in English (not a Mexican tradition) and protection from Indians (the Mexican Army could not control this area).   Citizenship on paper and loyalty do not always coincide.

It was when these assimilation policies failed that Santa Anna announced that no more Anglo settlers would be allowed in Tejas.   The Anglos petitioned for a right to have input into the process by which such laws were decided.  It was against such petitions, and in an attempt to enforce absolute Mexican rule over this territory, that Santa Anna came to fight the Anglo usurpers at the Alamo.  He lost the War and Tejas became Texas.  Demographics were destiny.

As the late Samuel Huntington showed, and this piece of history illustrates, cleft nations – those with a population that doesn’t fit the borders – are dangerous.   World War One started because the population of the South – East of Austria-Hungary was Serb.  We are not immune.  And if we have civil strife in our South-West, on top of our financial crisis, our solvency will be diminished.  And, if America loses strength, the entire western world will lose an anchor of stability.

Mexican textbooks claim that Texas was stolen from Mexico.  Multicultural ethnic studies courses make the same claim, call America “oppressive” and so fight for “social justice.”  And, I am sure these educators have some valid points – there are two sides to every story.  But our schools’ job is not to be neutral reporters.  Our schools definitely should not teach that America is an oppressive thief.   It is a culturist truth that all schools serve to socialize youth with the values of the society they happen to have been born into.  Our schools should teach American history to Texas tells us, fomenting disaffection in a cleft nation is dangerous.

About Dr. John Press

Dr. John Kenneth Press is the author of "Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future." He most recently designed curriculum for Empire State in the area of the History of Education. Dr. Press spent 8 years teaching history, psychology, and philosophy at the high school level. He has written four book-length manuscripts including culturism, and studied furiously his entire life.

6 Responses to “Texas Culturist Curriculum and National Solvency – By Dr. John Press”

  1. Elwood "Sandy" Sanders
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    Amen! Are the people of Texas better off in USA or Mexico? Are we better off with a strong America or a weak one? It’s one good blessing from the South not winning the war. Nations cannot allow themselves to engage in constant negative navel gazing all the time or the kids will get false images. The Virginia State Board of Education should immediately start adopting the Texas curriculum and the governor should insist that his nominees for that board have that vision.

    Sandy

  2. Robert Mallard says:

    Interesting viewpoint. I was not aware of the history. Thanks for the post.

  3. Venu says:

    “But our schools’ job is not to be neutral reporters.” Okay, I think i may not have read enough into the original story. What grade level are we talking about for these new curriculum standards?

    Obviously we all learn a patriotic version of history in the younger years, but that statement would get laughed at in any High School or College level history course. Our schools’ job is to portray history in every aspect and actually teach history.

  4. John Press says:

    Venu, I think that you believe there is only one side to history. History is nearly completely a subjective creation. I could tell you the Mexican side of the Texas war and make it compelling. Manifest Destiny is now seen as a great genocidal evil. I think it was a crusade for liberty. To say that we “actually teach history” assumes the possibility of a neutral True version.

    I believe that we need to make western civ the basis of our curriculum. That does not mean that we cannot criticize our past. Criticism from citizens is one of the features that makes the West great. But, that narrative of the creation of the modern world on the shoulders of Socrates, Jesus, science, the renaissance, etc, needs to be in the minds of our citizens. Right now the story in the schools, especially the university, is one of unremitting hostility towards America dressed up as neutrality.

    We need to be clear about the culturist purpose of schools in all times and places. And for us to seek to inculcate pride is not evil. Those with western values, think America has been a blessing to the world. A good case can be made that it has. And our schools should overtly make that case (as they did up until very recently).

    Thanks! John

  5. Venu says:

    Then you run into issues on how you teach European History or World History. If not a revisionist, pro-American tone, then what tone do you use?

    Yes there are multiple conclusions and view points that can be made in History. But things happened, and “history” ought to be more based on reality than revision.

  6. John Press says:

    Venu, This is an interesting discussion and I’d love to hear more from you if you do not agree.

    Yes, history happened. But, other people will evaluate the events differently. The English landing in North America happened. Was this a blessing for the world? Well, many Native Americans will say no.

    Our having turned the Muslims out of Spain in 1492 was a disaster for them. The assassination of Lincoln led to an even greater appeaser of the South. That led to Congress being even more stern than they would have otherwise. Again, this happened. Was it good?

    There is a story, there was a story, told for a very long time, under the title of “western civ.” It said how Socrates and Jesus led to Puritans (that is the admittedly short version). It used to even talk – read 19th century textbooks – about the contribution of Protestant cultural values to our success. These teachings created pro-social, pro-western values in students.

    Again, labor might moan that, such a story put self-responsibility in the place of the boss. And they might say that doesn’t fit in an industrial world. And we could debate which vision creates the greatest Americans. But, to teach that America is an oppressive nation that stole everything from minorities, should not be in these studies. And, the academy seems bent on making that the theme to make up for our past “crimes.” That will lead to dangerous conclusions amongst our population.

    Thanks! John

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