Don't *Mess* With Texas

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    March 12, 10

    A conservative-stacked panel of Texas Board of Education members endorsed a draft proposal of the state's social studies curriculum on Friday. The curriculum, if approved, will be used to create content for textbooks in the Lone Star State.


    Conservative members had their way in the 11-4 vote, which came one day after several Democratic board members walked out, claiming the proposed standards dilute the contribution of minorities to American history and culture. The debate, which picked up again Friday morning, ended with only a single Democrat voting to support the new standards.


    The draft will go on line for public comment for one month, and then the full Board of Education will meet in May for more debate and a final vote.


    The proposed curriculum updates social studies standards used for courses, and by extension, textbooks that eventually may end up in classrooms across the country.

    Members worked late into the night to pass amendments on everything from removing references to hip hop music to requiring students to study the concept of American exceptionalism.

    The new standards, when approved, will be used in textbooks designed to be in Texas classrooms in the fall of 2013 -- but as a practical matter, administrators say it may be later than that.

    The debate has spurred national interest, since Texas is such a huge purchaser of books for its 4.7 million students. Textbook publishers often take books that conform to Texas' curriculum and sell them to schools and districts in states across the country.



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    I fly Delta, and generally hold my 'rest stop' until we cross the boarder over Texas air space. Then I relieve myself. I know, it's only symbolic, but shitting on Tom Delay and the rest of the RW assholes feels really good.
     
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    Isn't that propaganda?
     
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    As a fan of hip hop I have to wonder why students would be learning about hip hop at school in the first place. I don't recall learning about Biggie and Tupac's feud in history class, and I don't remember sing-a-long with Bone Thugs in music class.
     
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    The new textbooks will be in the classroom in 2013?
     
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    The irony of your misspelled word in a post about education is priceless.
     
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    So in other words, these folks on the right want to do exactly what they've pissed and moaned about the left doing.

    I have a novel idea. How about we just go back to teaching kids the facts and leave all of these leftovers of the culture wars on the playground where they belong?
     
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    Tonight, we introduced you to Don McLeroy, pictured above, a Texas dentist, self-described "Christian fundamentalist" and elected Board of Education member.


    He is pushing for more focus on conservative leaders and issues -- and less of what he calls liberal bias in school textbooks.

    No doubt some in the educational establishment will criticize the efforts, but that won't necessarily keep those lessons from textbooks that will be taught at schools across the country.

    So tonight, we ask: Do you think America's textbooks are too liberal? Or is this wrongly politicizing the classroom?

    Tell us what you think.

    Nothing more than a bullshit pretext to impose their theocratic views. The so-called conservatives correctly state that the US is a Constitutional Republic. I would like to see their explanation for the gazillion state laws which transgress upon our right to life, liberty, property and to pursue happiness.



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    I once worked for a company which had significant operations in Texas so I met a quite a few Texans. For the most part, I didn't like them for their arrogance. I did, however, have to admit that even among those holding jobs which didn't require high levels of education I found a high level of literacy and articulation. They could assimilate new ideas and discuss them. I always attributed that to the Texas school system. I figured it focused on basic education for everyone. I guess the Texas school people are working to change that. They seem eager to make sure their students grow-up narrowly-focused on comfortable dogma and ignorant.
     
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    Yes. It's also interesting that he puts more planning, thought and preparation on where and when he shits than he does on whether to bother spelling 4th grade-level words correctly.

    This is why his posts are shit too, because he uses about the same planning, thought and preparation in his ideas as he does on where/when to shit.
     

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