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Two dozen tea party activists hosted a news conference yesterday and met with lawmakers to present their demands for the 2011 year. In addition to rejecting the federal health care reform act, they are also pushing to alter the course of education for students in America.

In the material that they distributed during their presentation, the tea partiers stated that, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”

For them, this means teaching students that the “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”

Tea partiers want legislators to amend state laws that govern school systems and curricula and to eliminate sections about minorities’ histories in textbook that seek to overshadow the work of the nation’s majority of constituents: “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds believes that history books are not being honest, and wants falsities to be removed such as any examples of   “the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

Ix-nay the bad news. In with the good.

“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” Rounds, a former Vietnam War veteran, said.

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