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.
The Revisionaries -- 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.
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.
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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.
In Austin, Texas, fifteen people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole. “The Revisionaries” follows the board’s adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, drawing national attention and placing Texas on the front line of the so-called "culture wars." This eye-opening film follows the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education through several important and tumultuous intellectual battles. A FilmBuff Presentation.
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