The Revisionaries (2012)
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The Revisionaries showcases how public education has become the latest battleground in a new wave of cultural, religious and ideological clashes, with local Texas education board members advancing agendas of Creationism and other religious issues in public schools. This documentary highlights how their tactics have had the effect of rewriting key tenets of U.S. democracy and are affecting educational policies at the national level - for generations to come. -- (C) Kino Lorber
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Critic Reviews for The Revisionaries
Thurman presents a largely even-handed recounting, wisely letting folks - and events - speak for themselves.
Of all the scary movies you may see this month, none will be more chilling than Scott Thurman's documentary about the Texas State Board of Education.
Such a feature-length bludgeoning, even in the service of basic social and scientific literacy, is truly discomfiting.
Audience Reviews for The Revisionaries
One of the few time when a one-sided perspective was warranted. The constant need we have as a society to always be arguing between ignorance and basic facts is beyond my comprehension.
Solid documentary about the battles going on in Texas about how and what we should teach our children. I'm used to revisionist history (I grew up with it), but I still dislike it in any form. To some extent all history is revisionist (Colbert has one of the best lines in the film when he says history is written by the victors), but we can do better than this.
This movie is exactly what it seeks to "expose". Since the Scopes Monkey Trial, the THEORY of Evolution has been treated as scientific fact and much of our history as a nation is distorted, ignored or intentionally altered. This film poses as an unbiased look at the culture war, but in fact it subtlety leads the viewer to believe that those who want the truth taught in the schools are historical revisionist. The truth is, it is the humanist, socialist, immoralist movement in this country that has been revising our history for more than 100 years.
The movie itself admits that if you want to influence the political and social fabric of a state for decades or even generations to come, taking control of the state board of education of Texas is a brilliant strategy. What it doesn't admit is that the left in America has been engaged in this process for a century. They are not against the tactic. They just don't like it when it is used against them.
We could solve this problem very easily. Get rid of public schools. The government should not be teaching anyones opinion but in a winner take all monopoly system, that is exactly what has to happen.
Lets get a voucher system in place so good teachers can finally get the pay they deserve and bad teachers can get another career. Parents can make their own decisions for their children.
If you disagree, remember this: the enemies of freedom always hate choice.
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