The new documentary "The Revisionaries" highlights the Texas textbook wars of 2009 and their "hero," protagonist/antagonist Don McLeroy, former chair of the State Board of Education. The conflict resulted in a temporary erosion of the standing of the teaching of evolution as the scientific standard to explain creation and the origins of life on Earth. This was a big deal because Texas and California are the two states that mandate textbook content at a state level. So, as goes Texas, or California, so goes the nation. This is particularly important in a moment when California can't afford to update textbooks but Texas can.
Evolution's loss was creationism's gain, particularly under the banner of intelligent design during McLeroy's tenure on the Board. Director Scott Thurman chose to highlight the involvement of McLeroy, a dentist turned state politician, as a way of "humanizing" the story, which was appropriate enough on one level because there would have likely been no story without McLeroy. "
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