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Cynthia Dunbar is the elected representative to the Texas Board of Education from the Tenth district.  She was cited in the New York Times as one of several seeking to change the history and other texts to make them more balanced.  Here is her website.

The Times quoted her here:

Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”)

“The Enlightenment was not the only philosophy on which these revolutions were based,” Ms. Dunbar said.

While Jefferson did write the Declaration, that did not inspire a revolution in the way Blackstone did.  Blackstone was crucial to the education of the colonial leaders into their rights as English citizens.  This led to the Revolution. 

Dunbar is a 1990 graduate of (gasp!) Regent University School of Law.  (Dunbar is even from Richmond, but it’s Richmond, Texas!)  She also has a book, One Nation Under God.  Another “conservative lawyer” in a crucial place for public service.  Maybe she will inspire other conservatives to seek local service.  She’s my hero for the day.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Venu says:

    Well, I don’t really see what this does. I’ve never had a teacher that taught straight from a textbook. Actually, I remember having one. That History class was marked by sleep, no learning, and an easy A.

    Textbook “standards” are exactly what’s questionable in education. Students are not easily manipulated to swallow either a liberal or conservative view of things. Competent teachers always deviate from the textbook. If the Texas School Board wants to think that they are the sole controller of what a child learns, they’re sadly mistaken. History happens, and it’s not something the Texas School Board or a Teacher can try to hide from a student.

  2. I first thank you, Venu, for coming by but with the SOLs and threats of federal educational standards the texts are crucial. The facts from my initial reading of some of the earlier proposals are that the standards Texas adopted are not that radical but they do promote the free enterprise system, Austrian economics, libertarian ideals and a more balanced view of American History.

    We need conservative teachers too.

    Thanks again for coming by and come again!


  3. Venu says:


    My point is that there are times in American History that saw a great influence in Libertarianism and Conservatism (with many of the founding history of the United States and early 1800’s), and other times that saw a great influx of Liberalism and Populism (for example the mid-to-late 1800’s with Lincoln and Jennings-Brian playing important roles). I don’t understand how history can be interpreted to change that fact. There is something that happened in History, and it had some sort of thought-process behind it, be it a political ideology or personal motivation or what have you. If we want a true moderator to ensure that students are aware of what happened, why, how, and what the outcome was, just hire competent teachers!

    The idea of the federal education standards and the SOLs are necessary to measure “success”, but they’re fundamentally skewing what education is in our state. The best High School History teacher I’ve ever had gave tests that were 90%: Significance Writing, Essay Writing, and Short Answer writing (graded so harshly that an essay was practically required). The point? “You won’t be measured in life by your ability to answer a multiple choice question, but by your ability to know and interpret facts to make connections and use reason to make logical arguments”

    Essentially, what difference does it make whether a text cites Jefferson or Blackstone as a key inspiration to a revolution if a student can make a convincing/logical argument supporting a connection between either Jefferson or Blackstone and a revolution?

  4. I don’t want to manipulate history I am just glad to see some balance in the text books. I agree that the best teachers were the ones who taught outside the box and inspired learning. It may not matter the details but the point is that the NYT wanted to make fun of the decision and it was a plasible one after all.

    Thanks again for coming!



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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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