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TEXAS TEXTBOOK MASSACRE Education Board OKs Radical Changes, Thomas Jefferson Cu

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Bethany Beightol
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2010, 05:22:46 pm »


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.
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Gerald R. Piggery
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2010, 03:47:19 am »

Aside from Alex Jones and Ron Paul TEXAS is like a bastion of ignorance and corruption.
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« Reply #18 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?
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2010, 11:08:30 pm »

Take that, liberals.  That's what we call payback, Texas style.
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« Reply #20 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."
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« Reply #22 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.

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