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Title: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:11:31 pm
TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE
Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cut From Curriculum
'Ultraconservatives' Dominate Board... New Texts Could Be 'Taught To Millions Of Students For The Next Decade'... See A List Of The Changes


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Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:21:17 pm
Texas Textbook MASSACRE: 'Ultraconservatives' Approve Radical Changes To State Education Curriculum

First Posted: 03-13-10 03:18 PM   |   Updated: 03-13-10 04:03 PM


AUSTIN, Texas - A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade.

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The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum's world history standards on Enlightenment thinking, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”

From the Texas Freedom Network's live-blog of the board hearing:

Board member Cynthia Dunbar wants to change a standard having students study the impact of Enlightenment ideas on political revolutions from 1750 to the present. She wants to drop the reference to Enlightenment ideas (replacing with “the writings of”) and to Thomas Jefferson. She adds Thomas Aquinas and others. Jefferson’s ideas, she argues, were based on other political philosophers listed in the standards. We don’t buy her argument at all. Board member Bob Craig of Lubbock points out that the curriculum writers clearly wanted to students to study Enlightenment ideas and Jefferson. Could Dunbar’s problem be that Jefferson was a Deist? The board approves the amendment, taking Thomas Jefferson OUT of the world history standards.

We’re just picking ourselves up off the floor. The board’s far-right faction has spent months now proclaiming the importance of emphasizing America’s exceptionalism in social studies classrooms. But today they voted to remove one of the greatest of America’s Founders, Thomas Jefferson, from a standard about the influence of great political philosophers on political revolutions from 1750 to today.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:31:18 pm
No church-state separation

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"Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state." “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:32:21 pm
U.S. no longer a 'democracy'

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Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:33:36 pm
Hip-hop not culturally significant

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Conservatives beat back multiple attempts to include hip-hop as an example of a significant cultural movement.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:35:23 pm
All religions equal under Constitution?

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The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:36:16 pm
Preserving McCarthy's legacy

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"Other changes seem aimed at tamping down criticism of the right. Conservatives passed one amendment, for instance, requiring that the history of McCarthyism include 'how the later release of the Venona papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government.' The Venona papers were transcripts of some 3,000 communications between the Soviet Union and its agents in the United States."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:57:59 pm
'Conservative resurgence'

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"They also included a plank to ensure that students learn about 'the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.'" The Dallas Morning News noted that "high school students will learn about leading conservative groups from the 1980s and 1990s – but not about liberal or minority rights groups."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 04:59:44 pm
'Transexuals and who knows what else'

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"Board member Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, objected to a standard for a high school sociology course that addressed the difference between sex and gender. It was eliminated in a 9-to-6 vote. She worried that a discussion of that issue would lead students into the world of 'transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else.'"


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:01:50 pm
'Capitalism' becomes 'free-enterprise system'

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"Members voted to polish up references to the American 'free enterprise' economic system and removed most mentions of 'capitalism,' a word that board member Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, said has a negative connotation."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:03:14 pm
Reagan yes, Kennedy no

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"Board members also rejected requiring history teachers and textbooks to provide coverage on the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while the late President Ronald Reagan was elevated to more prominent coverage."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:04:23 pm
Hispanics died at the Alamo?

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With all five minority members dissenting, the conservative-dominated panel voted 10-5 to endorse the proposed standards after rejecting an effort to specifically mention that Tejanos were among the fallen heroes of the Alamo. "I am very distressed," said Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, who sponsored the unsuccessful amendment. "Until we are ready to tell the truth about history, we don't have a good history or social studies textbook."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:05:36 pm
Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic," and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

"We have been about conservatism versus liberalism," said Democrat Mavis Knight of Dallas, explaining her vote against the standards. "We have manipulated strands to insert what we want it to be in the document, regardless as to whether or not it's appropriate."

Following three days of impassioned and acrimonious debate, the board gave preliminary approval to the new standards with a 10-5 party line vote. A final vote is expected in May, after a public comment period that could produce additional amendments and arguments.
Decisions by the board -- made up of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher among others -- can affect textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients.

Ultraconservatives wielded their power over hundreds of subjects this week, introducing and rejecting amendments on everything from the civil rights movement to global politics. Hostilities flared and prompted a walkout Thursday by one of the board's most prominent Democrats, Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi, who accused her colleagues of "whitewashing" curriculum standards.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:06:11 pm
By late Thursday night, three other Democrats seemed to sense their futility and left, leaving Republicans to easily push through amendments heralding "American exceptionalism" and the U.S. free enterprise system, suggesting it thrives best absent excessive government intervention.

"Some board members themselves acknowledged this morning that the process for revising curriculum standards in Texas is seriously broken, with politics and personal agendas dominating just about every decision," said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom.

Republican Terri Leo, a member of the powerful Christian conservative voting bloc, called the standards "world class" and "exceptional."

Board members argued about the classification of historic periods (still B.C. and A.D., rather than B.C.E. and C.E.); whether students should be required to explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on global politics (they will); and whether former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir should be required learning (she will).

In addition to learning the Bill of Rights, the board specified a reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms in a section about citizenship in a U.S. government class.
Conservatives beat back multiple attempts to include hip-hop as an example of a significant cultural movement.

Numerous attempts to add the names or references to important Hispanics throughout history also were denied, inducing one amendment that would specify that Tejanos died at the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Another amendment deleted a requirement that sociology students "explain how institutional racism is evident in American society."

Democrats did score a victory by deleting a portion of an amendment by Republican Don McLeroy suggesting that the civil rights movement led to "unrealistic expectations for equal outcomes."

Fort Worth Republican Pat Hardy, a longtime teacher, voted for the new standards, but said she wished the board could work with a more cooperative spirit.

"What we've done is we've taken a document that by nature is too long to begin with and then we've lengthened it some more," Hardy said, shortly after the vote. "Those long lists of names that we've put in there ... it's just too long.

"I just think we failed to keep that in mind, it's hard for teachers to get through it all."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:13:38 pm
rillem =


The Texas revisionists should also point out that when Reagan cut the top marginal tax rate to 28% with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, later that year the stock market crashed, just like it did the last time the Republicans tried that in 1929. By 1991, we were in the worst recession since the Republican Great Depression of the 1930's.

Reagan's 1984 economic recovery that the cons are so fond of celebrating, occurred while the top marginal tax rate was at 50%. That's not a low tax rate. That's about what it is in the average Western European country. That's 10.3% higher than it was under Clinton after Clinton raised the top rate to 39.7% in 1993. Thus proving irrefutably that the economy and the middle class do better when the wealthy are taxed at a higher rate.

Let's join with conservatives who want to lionize Reagan and ask them if Reagan was so great surely they would support returning to the tax rates as they were under Reagan that brought America out of the recession of early 1980's? That's right conservatives. If you want to properly honor Reagan, then you need to support a 50% top marginal tax rate.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Bethany Beightol on March 13, 2010, 05:22:46 pm
blingbling65943 

Its amazing how conservatives are always so successful at framing the debate. We are always fighting their delusions. Meaning even if we compromise somewhere in the middle, they still win because the entire spectrum of debate was created by them. The only question is HOW much they win, not if.

Of course what makes this truly tragic is what is not even being discuses, How the unions and the GI bill created the middle class, how the environmental movement reversed almost 100 years of reckless pollution and on and on.

Texas won't teach our children that 700 billion a year is sent over seas to buy foreign oil, or how the wealth of the top 1% has grown 653% over the past 30 years, but the rest of us have seen our wages actually decline in real terms.

The BBC has a fascinating show called "blood sweat and takeaways", about 5 or 6 young people who are sent to work in third world countries where their food, and cloths actually come from.

This is what every School should teach, we are always fighting their battles, which means even when we win, we loose.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Gerald R. Piggery on March 17, 2010, 01:50:03 am
Thank goodness that the Texas school board prevailed on this.  Now children throughout the country will be raised with good solid conservative values from now on, and they'll all come to appreciate Ronald Reagan.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Volitzer on April 03, 2010, 03:47:19 am
Aside from Alex Jones and Ron Paul TEXAS is like a bastion of ignorance and corruption.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Chester on April 08, 2010, 11:08:01 pm
I might have known if there were a topic on the Texas educational system, Robert and his friends would all be in here, making fun of it.

Well, now half the nation is going to get some good old-fashioned Texas schooling, too, what do you all think of that?


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Chester on April 08, 2010, 11:08:30 pm
Take that, liberals.  That's what we call payback, Texas style.


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Janilee Wolff on May 22, 2010, 02:44:25 am
Texas board adopts new social studies curriculum

  By APRIL CASTRO, Associated Press Writer April Castro, Associated Press Writer   – 3 mins ago

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teaching of religious freedoms, America's relationship with the U.N. and hundreds of other items.

The new standards were adopted after a final showdown by two 9-5 votes along party lines, after Democrats' and moderate Republicans' efforts to delay a final vote failed.

In one of the most significant curriculum changes, the board dilutes the rationale for the separation of church and state in a high school government class, noting that the words were not in the Constitution and requiring students to compare and contrast the judicial language with the First Amendment's wording.

The ideological debate over the guidelines, which drew intense scrutiny beyond Texas, will be used to determine what important political events and figures some 4.8 million students will learn about for the next decade.

The standards, which one Democrat called a "travesty," also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on guidelines approved in Texas, although teachers in the Lone Star state have latitude in deciding how to teach the material.

The board attempted to make more than 200 amendments this week alone, reshaping draft standards that had been prepared over the last year and a half by expert groups of teachers and professors.

As new amendments were being presented just moments before the vote, Democrats bristled that the changes had not been vetted.

"I think we're doing an injustice to the children of this state by piecemealing together, cutting and pasting, coming up with new amendments as late as today," said Mary Helen Berlanga, a Democrat. "What we have done today and what we did yesterday is something that a classroom teacher would not even have accepted."

During the monthslong revision process, conservatives strengthened requirements on teaching the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers and required that the U.S. government be referred to as a "constitutional republic," rather than "democratic." Students will be required to study the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

They also rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D., and agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson as an example of an influential political philosopher in a world history class. They also required students to evaluate efforts by global organizations such as the United Nations to undermine U.S. sovereignty.

Former board chairman Don McLeroy, one of the board's most outspoken conservatives, said the Texas history curriculum has been unfairly skewed to the left after years of Democrats controlling the board and he just wants to bring it back into balance.

"I'm proud to have my name on this document," Republican board member Barbara Cargill said shortly before the vote.

Another Republican board member, David Bradley, said the curriculum revision process has always been political — but this time, the ruling faction had changed since the last time social studies standards were adopted.

"We took our licks, we got outvoted," he said referring to the debate from 10 years earlier. "Now it's 10-5 in the other direction ... we're an elected body, this is a political process. Outside that, go find yourself a benevolent dictator."

GOP board member Geraldine Miller was absent during the votes.

Educators have blasted the curriculum proposals for politicizing education. Teachers also have said the document is too long and will force students to memorize lists of names rather than thinking critically.

The curriculum dispute contributed to McLeroy's defeat in the March state Republican primary.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said school officials "should keep politics out" of curriculum debates.

"We do a disservice to children when we shield them from the truth, just because some people think it is painful or doesn't fit with their particular views," Duncan said in a statement. "Parents should be very wary of politicians designing curriculum."

After the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas urged the state Legislature to place more control over the board.

"At the end of three long days, the State Board of Education has amended, re-amended and approved curriculum standards that are more ideological than ever, despite pleas to not politicize what is taught to Texas school children," said the state ACLU's executive director, Terri Burke.

At least one lawmaker vowed legislative action to "rein in" the board.

"They have ignored historians and teachers, allowing ideological activists to push the culture war further into our classrooms," said Rep. Mike Villareal, a San Antonio Democrat. "They fail to understand that we don't want liberal textbooks or conservative textbooks. We want excellent textbooks, written by historians instead of activists."


Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
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Title: Re: TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu
Post by: Rebelitarian on August 20, 2015, 10:06:08 am
Thankfully thanks to the internet any state based school system spewing ignorance will be found out eventually....

Like with my educationcational background the DEPRESSION happened and the Federal-Reserve was created to deal with it.

Not so we all know now that it was the Federal Reserve that created the Great Depression and all the micro-Depressions since.