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  • Texas teaching standards stir up a tempest in a textbook

    Texas teaching standards stir up a tempest in a textbook

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  • Meet the Texas dentist who moonlights as a culture crusader

    Meet the Texas dentist who moonlights as a culture crusader

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  • Don McLeroy

    Don McLeroy

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  • Austin capital building

    Austin capital building

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  • Don speaks with the media in between SBOE History/Social Studies TEKS deliberations.

    Don speaks with the media in between SBOE History/Social Studies TEKS deliberations.

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  • Stephanie Klenzendorf's biology classroom, Stony Point High School, Round Rock, Texas

    Stephanie Klenzendorf's biology classroom, Stony Point High School, Round Rock, Texas

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  • Kathy Miller speaks to the press before the SBOE Science TEKS deliberations.

    Kathy Miller speaks to the press before the SBOE Science TEKS deliberations.

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  • Scott Thurman and Don McLeroy in conversation after Don's Sunday school class

    Scott Thurman and Don McLeroy in conversation after Don's Sunday school class

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The Film

In Austin, Texas, 15 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 five million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole.

Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and avowed young-earth creationist, leads the Religious Right charge. After briefly serving on his local school board, McLeroy was elected to the Texas State Board of Education and later appointed chairman. During his time on the board, McLeroy has overseen the adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, drawing national attention and placing Texas on the front line of the so-called “culture wars.”

In his last term, McLeroy, aided by Cynthia Dunbar, an attorney from Houston and professor of Law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, finds himself not only fighting to change what Americans are taught, but also fighting to retain his seat on the board. Challenged by Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, and Ron Wetherington, an anthropology professor from Southern Methodist University in Texas, McLeroy faces his toughest term yet.

The Revisionaries follows the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education through some of their most tumultuous intellectual battles.

The Filmmakers

  1. Pierson SilverProducer
  2. Orlando WoodProducer
  3. Scott ThurmanProducer/Director