Scott Thurman • USA • 2012
The Texas Board of Education dictates the curriculum for nearly five million public schoolchildren. Over the course of a decade Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and avowed young-earth creationist, rose from his local school board to state chairman, leading the charge in new science and history curriculum standards while inciting backlash across the nation for his role in the culture wars. During his last term, he encounters formidable foes—including an anthropology professor from Southern Methodist University—as he seeks to retain his seat on the board.
Charting the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education, The Revisionaries brings us inside a frontline battle being waged for the new generation's intellectual future. Scott Thurman's first documentary premiered at Hot Docs and Tribeca, where it won a Special Jury Mention.