I mean crazy.
We’re not talking obscure bloggers or fringe groups; we’re talking about the ruling faction on the Texas board of education, led by an appointee of the Governor, voting not to describe the United States as “democratic;” the Republican nominee for the United States Senate from Kentucky making up facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act (and calling it “un-American” for a U.S. President to criticize a foreign oil company for devastating the Gulf Coast); and the former Speaker of the House saying that his comparison of the threat to the country from the Obama Administration to the threats from Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia was “reasoned and compelling.”
All this calls for diagnosis rather than refutation.
Update Per Ann Althouse, here’s the .pdf of the new middle school social studies and history standard. (Not quite as finally adopted; the posted text still has “Atlantic Triangular Trade” in lieu of “slave trade;” apparently that was voted out at the last minute.) The word “democracy” never appears; “democratic” is used twice, once in reference to Classical Greece and once in quoting from the Texas education statute. “Limited government” (or its antonym) appears fifteen times. The high-school standard isn’t as bad on that dimension.
And here’s the economics standard, which makes sure students know about how wonderful “free enterprise” is and never mentions external costs, public goods, health and safety regulation, or child labor, nor the role of the Federal government in creating, e.g., the railroads.
Althouse can’t see anything wrong with this; she’s too busy showing that the Washington Post’s reporting was sloppy, which it seems to have been. She seems to be delighted that the social studies standard takes a swipe at “Southern Democrats” for holding up civil rights legislation, without mentioning either Barry Goldwater or the fact that the heirs of Southern Democrats are now the bulwark of the Republican Party.