The Revisionaries

Synopsis: The Revisionaries looks at the politicization of the Texas Board of Education and how a few conservatives on the Board have been pushing to change textbook requirements to reflect their ideology. They demand creationist friendly language against the theory of evolution and push Christianity and capitalism into the teaching of social studies.
Director(s): Scott Thurman
Production: Kino Lorber
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


The Senate Committee on

Nominations will come to order.

Mr. Chair, thank you.

Thank you for the opportunity

to question chairman McLeroy.

I think this is one of the most

important jobs in Texas.

There are 15 bills

floating around here

to strip your authority.

To make sure that you have

nothing to do with curriculum

and nothing to do

with selecting textbooks.

You've created a hornet's nest

like I've never seen here.

Now, the perception out there

is that you, as chair,

have done everything

conceivably possible

to make sure

that Intelligent Design

is what is taught

in the state's textbooks.

How would you respond

to that?

The question is:

did I try to put

Intelligent Design in the books?

I'd say that'd be false.

Absolutely false.

That you've done

everything possible

as chairman to push

that point of view.

Now, what would you say?

What would you respond to that?

I would say that's not true.

I would say I did everything

I did to bring up the...

.. some of the scientific

difficulties of evolution.

I would say that would be

absolutely true.

Yes, sir.

Hey, fellas,

It's March.

That means it's time

for the year's 'mote' exciting

television event.

Say it with me.

The Texas School Board hearings.

Why didn't you say it with me?


I want you to explain,

how can the Texas

Board of Education

have the power

to change textbooks,

really, all over the entire country?

Why does this matter

to the rest of us?

Typically, it's been Texas

and California,

the two biggest textbook

purchasers in the country,

that really dictate

the rest of the country.

Whatever textbooks they select

then affects

the rest of the country.

Because the publishers publish

those kinds of books,

and the rest of the country


You have been quoted

as saying

that the amount of power

you have,

at times, boggles your mind.

Well, I did say that.

I wished I hadn't have said that.

But I did say that,

because it is

pretty influential.

Each step of the way,

evolution deniers and opponents

on the board

have thumbed their nose

at science

and made clear

that their own personal

ideological beliefs

are more important

than giving Texas kids

the education they need

to succeed in college

and in the jobs

of the 21st century.

Okay, okay.

dd [soft music]


Wait. Keep your chin down.

Perfect, just like that.

[air hissing]

Open a little wider.

- Ah.

- Open a little wider.

- Ah, ah.


Hey, Michael, you ever

thought much about evolution,

the idea that we all share

a common ancestor

with that tree out front?

You ever thought much

about it?

You know, not really.

Yeah, most people haven't

thought much about it.

I think...

it's quite a big claim

that people make,

you know...

I'm a skeptic myself.

There's no way.


I think

what we've done in Texas

is unbelievably significant.

It has to do with the

definition of science.

[air hissing]


So now the debate

is over:
"What's science?"

It's gonna be in every single text book.

The kids are gonna know

what science is.

And science is the use of

evidence to make testable...

explanations of natural phenomena.

Rinse out real good.

I'm gonna be asking you

some true-false questions

just to see what you know already.

before we even start that...

I want to know what you guys

know already about evolution.

What have you guys heard

about evolution?

What are your ideas

when you...

Yes, Joey.

Monkeys turn into humans.

Monkeys turn into humans.

You know,

everybody always says that.

I want to clear this up

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