Florida Bans “Revisionist History”
Looks like we no longer have to worry about those revisionist historians corrupting the minds of the young in Florida. From the Los Angeles Times article:
And just last week, in an unprecedented move, the president’s brother approved a law barring revisionist history in Florida public schools. "The history of the United States shall be taught as genuine history and shall not follow the revisionist or postmodernist viewpoints of relative truth," declares Florida’s Education Omnibus Bill, signed by Gov. Jeb Bush. "American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed."
Ironically, the Florida law is itself revisionist history. Once upon a time, it theorizes, history — especially about the founding of the country — was based on facts. But sometime during the 1960s, all that changed. American historians supposedly started embracing newfangled theories of moral relativism and French postmodernism, abandoning their traditional quest for facts, truth and certainty. The result was a flurry of new interpretations, casting doubt on the entire past as we had previously understood it. Because one theory was as good as another, then nothing could be true or false. God, nation, family and school: It was all up for grabs. There’s just one problem with this history-of-our-history: It’s wrong.
Continue reading if you have the stamina (Hat-tip to Cliopatra). I wonder what the commission charged with judging what counts as factual or revisionist will look like? This is laughable, but disturbing.