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      Richard Olivastro

      Richard Olivastro is president of Olivastro Communications, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and founder of Citizens For Change. He can be reached at Rich@Olivastro.NET or 877.RichSpeaks.

Americans everywhere should applaud the Texas Board of Education action to reconstitute a more historically accurate (read: open and balance) traditional stamp on school curriculum taught in the Lone Star State.

While that should be good news for all, unfortunately, for some, it is not.

That’s because as the second largest buyer of school textbooks Texas has substantial influence on what content publishers include in study text.

The Texas decision is bad news for naysayers who, apparently, prefer to perpetuate an education curriculum that, for years, has been hobbled by incomplete information. And, many add, since the early ’60s, compromised by skewed interpretation and presentation via indoctrination orthodoxy.

That reality got the attention of the Texas Board of Education. Two-thirds of its members demonstrated they get it. That they understand, left unchecked, public education will continue to slide. And, if not an abject failure now—eventually. If not failure everywhere—in most locales.

So they voted to take remedial action.

That’s good news for all citizens and especially parents who want their children to be taught subject content compiled with fact-based information; and, presented unfettered by political slant, fact omission, or outright lies.

The board strategy was not to cut liberal progressive favorites from the curriculum. Rather, they opted to expand the breath of curricula by including more fact-rooted information and perspective. That provides students with the opportunity to learn more by studying others previously excluded from curriculum controlled by entrenched educational bureaucrats.

As a result, new history and economics textbooks will add two champions of free-market economic theory: Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek. They will join—not supplant—the usual list of economists to be studied, like Adam Smith, communist Karl Marx and the liberal-labeled progressive John Maynard Keynes.

Another revision in economics text: replace the word “capitalism” with the more accurate descriptor: “free-enterprise system.”

In addition, the Texas board approved scores of other amendments in order to improve accuracy and completeness in several other subjects.