Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Yeah, it sucks when your forefathers were bastards, doesn't it?

Some Hindu advocacy groups are trying to pressure the CA Dept. of Education to change 6th grade text books in order to portray the history of Hinduism in a more positive light. They claim that negative information about their religion is upsetting their children, and that they are being teased at school.

Most of the changes involve the sections on the treatment of women and the caste system. Here is one change being proposed:
Existing text: "Men had many more rights than women. Unless there were no sons in a family, only a man could inheirit property. Only men could go to school, or become priests."

Proposed change: "Men had different rights and duties than women. Women's education was mostly done at home."

Wow, if only I had known when I was a kid how easy it is to rewrite history!

Because, damn, I wouldn't have wasted all that time being upset about the treatment of Africans brought to this country as slaves. It would have been so easy to fix those history books, and then I needn't have been upset at all:
"African Americans had different rights and duties than whites. The education of African Americans was done mostly at home, under cover of darkness. African Americans were interested mostly in agriculture, and home economics, while whites toiled in the areas of property management and human resources."

See? All better.


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Intensive, forcible indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs.

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