TX SBOE reminds SMU Dean of Apartheid regime’s historical revisionism

On The Ed Show Friday, May 21 on MSNBC, Dr. David Chard Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Fort Worth (see comment below) Dallas, Texas, offered this observation:

It reminds me a little bit of what happened in South Africa when there was domination by a small white majority—minority, excuse me.  And what they ended up doing was changing history textbooks and standards there to try to convince the entire population that, in fact, the history there was that whites had arrived first and—I mean, they really tried to revisit history, change history.

(They don’t have the video posted, but I expect that Dr. Chard was saying “revise history,” not “revisit history.”)



  1. Bruce Thornton
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Whoa! Whoa! Don’t disparage my hometown by linking it with that whacked-out university. SMU is in Dullest…uh, Dallas (actually, the extremely upscale University Park), while the much more moderate TCU is in Fort Worth.

    • Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Sorry about that, Bruce.

      I was on the U. of Houston faculty for 2 years (the worst 2 years of my life), and I always thought SMU was in Foat Wuhth.

      I even have a brother with a Medical (Osteopathic) degree from what I thought was an SMU med school, which I now see is actually under the auspices of the University of North Texas.

      In any case, I don’t see the Dean interviewed here as an embarrassment, whatever be the location of his college.

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