To no one’s surprise, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has named a wingnut to head the State Board of Education — it just wasn’t the wingnut we expected. Instead of Cynthia Dunbar, he named Gail Lowe as chairman. How much of a wingnut is Lowe? She was the one who appointed David Barton to the advisory committee on the social studies curriculum. That fact alone makes her unqualified to drive past a school, much less control the curriculum taught inside of it.
She’s a young earth creationist, of course. And an advocate of abstinence-only sex education in a state with one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the country despite 96% of the school districts in the state teaching abstinence-only. So much for that theory. Lowe gets to serve as chairman for the next two years until the Texas legislature meets again.