Friday, May 21, 2010
Texas State Board of Education Steps Back in Time
"Texas State Board of Education Dummies Down
Why? Because there are 10 Republican dummies on the 15 member board."
That was my lead on August 22, 2009 when the Texas State Board of Education approved the first draft for a "new" social studies curriculum that rewrites history.
Today the ax fell with a vote of 9-5 for standards that will stunt the intellectual growth of Texas students for at least a decade. Nine of the ten Republicans voted for it, five Democrats against it, and one Republican left before the votes.
The standards were adopted in three votes - high school, middle school and elementary school. It also adopted an economics standard in a fourth vote.
The San Antonio Express News reports that the tone of the meeting was set when a board member provided the invocation:
“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses,” Dunbar said during her prayer, adding that charters from some of the early settlements affirmed “a Christian land governed by Christian principles.”
This is a prayer? Maybe "invocation" should read "innovation."
Minority members were more than a little outraged. One said, "This is about politics. We have perverted the process. . ." and then screamed, "This thing belongs in the trash."
Another Democrat complained that Hispanic children will have to wait until they're in college before learning the "real truth." She added, "I am sorry that I am part of this board (that has produced a document) that is not accurate or that is hidden."
But one Republican board member chirped up and said she was proud to have her name on the document.
The standards will guide new textbooks covering history, government, geography and economics for 4.8 million Texas public school children beginning as early as the 2013-14 school year.
They promote a traditional view of history and the study of original documents, patriotism and free enterprise. The standards mention “free enterprise” more than 80 times.
The board majority put the violent Black Panthers in the standards but not the Ku Klux Kla, nor frontier atrocities committed against American Indians, nor the Texas Rangers' mistreatment of borderland Hispanics, she complained, adding, “We do learn from our mistakes, but if we don't point out what they are, history has a habit of repeating that mistake.”
According to the Express-News, "Minority children now make up 66 percent of the state's public school enrollment, a proportion that increases each year.
Well, I hope they grow up, multiply like rabbits and rise up against these ignorant know-nothings before more damage is done. All the minorities in the state of Texas should march on Austin and scream, "I want my education back."
See Reality Zone for further reading.