Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state's textbook standards. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist, Evangelical Christian, and beloved local dentist, the panel will debate and implement controversial new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will ultimately go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance.
First-time director Scott Thurman has captured a fascinating front-line snapshot of America's 'culture wars,' shining a deserved spotlight on this divisive and far-reaching process that puts sweeping power in the hands of a controversial few. Sure to be a conversation starter, The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year.
An urgent expose of the culture wars being fought within America's public school system, THE REVISIONARIES is a behind-the-scenes look at the Texas State Board of Education's decade-defining conference on state textbook standards. As Texas is the country's single largest textbook buyer--and publishers are forced to re-write content to comply with their educational standards--the board's decisions have the ability to affect the future of American education.
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This documentary looks at a pitched cultural conflict over school textbook standards in Texas, as determined by the state's Board of Education.
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