Sen. Cruz: ‘We Are Not Called to Defend the Alamo With Muskets and Cannon Today, but to Defend It in Our Public Square, and in Our Schools’

Staff Writer

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for FoxNews.com urging the Texas Board of Education to keep words describing the men who gave their lives at the Alamo, including “all the heroic defenders” in the state’s social studies curriculum.
“Among the politically correct jargon supposedly justifying the proposed changes to the Texas social studies curriculum, one statement stood out: ‘Heroic is a value-charged word,’ and thus it must be purged,” Sen. Cruz wrote. “Indeed, ‘heroic’ is very ‘value-charged.’ It is not a term to be used lightly. But the troubling implication here – in addition to scrubbing patriotism from our schoolbooks – is that our children cannot be taught history with a sense of value and valor. This is an absurd claim.”
Generations of Texans have rightly drawn inspiration and strength from the heroes of the Alamo – the brave men who fought to the death to defend the battle-scarred mission in San Antonio in 1836 in the fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico. These freedom fighters are a symbol of valor for all Americans.
It is bizarre, then, that an advisory group recommended to the Texas Board of Education that it remove the words “all the heroic defenders” from the state’s social studies curriculum describing the men who gave their lives at the Alamo.
The Board of Education was holding a hearing in Austin on the proposal Tuesday.
Fortunately, according to the San Antonio Express-News, “the board appeared poised to keep the words in the curriculum” when it is scheduled to discuss the issue Wednesday. A final decision is expected in November.
The advisory group, called “Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Group,” even recommended dropping the requirement that students in Texas should be able to explain the importance of a letter from Col. William B. Travis, commander of the rebels at the Alamo. The letter was addressed to “the People of Texas and All Americans in the World” and is known as the “victory or death letter.”
This letter has been considered a vital founding document of Texas history ever since it inspired thousands of men to take up arms in revolution to free Texas from the oppressive regime of General Santa Anna.

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