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The Revisionaries (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, News | 21 April 2012 (USA)
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The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.

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Don McLeroy ...
Himself - State Board of Education Chairman
Kathy Miller ...
Herself - Texas Freedom Network
Jonathan Saenz ...
Himself - Liberty Institute
Stephanie Klenzendorf ...
Herself - High School Teacher
Ken Mercer ...
Himself - State Broad of Education, District 5
Steven Schafersman ...
Himself - President of Texas Citizens for Science
Eugenie C. Scott ...
Herself - National Center for Science Education (as Eugenie Scott)
Stephen C. Meyer ...
Himself -The Discovery Institute
Cynthia Dunbar ...
Herself - SBOE District 10
Rob Weatherington ...
Himself - Anthropology Professor SMU
Terri Leo ...
Herself - State Board of Education, District 6
David Anderson ...
Himself - Lobbyist
Bill Talkington ...
Himself - Former President Holt Publishers
Juli Berwald ...
Herself - Science Textbook Writer
Bob Craig ...
Himself - Texas School Board Member
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The Revisionaries looks at the politicization of the Texas Board of Education and how a few conservatives on the Board have been pushing to change textbook requirements to reflect their ideology. They demand creationist friendly language against the theory of evolution and push Christianity and capitalism into the teaching of social studies. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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$2,608 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$21,731 (USA) (25 January 2013)
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Science and Politics
31 July 2012 | by (Qatar) – See all my reviews

The interpretation of language is at the center of Scott Thurman's engaging documentary about the Texas Board of Education's meetings to discuss the school curriculum. In 2009 the hot topic was the teaching of evolutionary theory in science classes.

The head of the board at the time was dentist Don McLeroy, a creationist who believes that the Earth was created just 6000 years ago. He once publicly stated that 'education is too big a subject not to be politicized." What he really wants to see is science textbooks highlighting doubts about the theory of evolution. His arguments are couched in scientific terms but it doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to see the political angle. Although it's clear that the director's sympathies lie with the scientists complaining that creationists are trying to hijack the curriculum, what's remarkable is how McLeroy is treated sympathetically, portrayed as man who has firm beliefs and just wants those to be taught to others.

What emerges is not just a discussion on religion but a sterling look at local government and how incredibly important and fundamental decisions are being made with very little democratic mandate. Less than 20 per cent of the electorate voted in the last board elections. Most decisions it seems are last minute fudges where turn of phrase becomes paramount. Yet the fascinating arguments over science classes have nothing on the 2010 discussions on social studies, where suggestions range from replacing 'hip hop' with 'country music' and one board member trying to insist on the use of the middle name Hussein when citing President Barack Obama. Without board approval, Texas schools cannot buy textbooks, and the publishers won't print non-approved books. It's a documentary in the great traditions of Errol Morris highlighting the politicization of education and culture and how the pursuit of knowledge is obstructed by ideological dogma.

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