The "Right Wing" Texas Board of Education at it Again.... Disgusting.......

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 20, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
    My bf called this to my attention. Ridiculous. Anyone from Texas
    atuned to this personally?

    By David Knowles, "Sphere" from the AOL website.

    Nation
    History Textbook Controversy Roils Texas

    For much of the past year, the Texas State Board of Education has been considering changes to its social studies curriculum, hearing from community members and debating alterations to the way the state will teach history.


    Jack Plunkett, AP
    "I don't see any evidence that people are pursuing any political or personal agendas," Gail Lowe, the chair of the Texas State Board of Education, told The Daily Texan newspaper.
    Many on the board, which is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, seem to have concluded that Texas' classrooms have been infected with a liberal bias. As a result, the board has spent numerous hours hearing from members of the community on subjects such as whether labor activist Chavez and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall deserve space in history textbooks alongside founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin.

    Also at issue is whether Christianity deserves more classroom time in the Lone Star State, and whether Abraham Lincoln deserves so much.

    Last week, the board voted 7-6 to make some changes, so that the state standards will mandate that lessons include the causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including anti-feminism advocate Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.

    It wasn't clear which grades would be affected.

    In a written statement, the measure's sponsor, board member Don McLeroy, explained why he believes the current textbooks are unacceptable and needed revising.

    "These standards are rife with leftist political periods and events: the populists, the progressives, the New Deal and the Great Society," McLeroy wrote. "Including material about the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s provides some political balance to the document."

    McLeroy also succeeded in making changes to how Sen. Joseph McCarthy will be taught, painting the man – whose use of Congress to investigate alleged communist behavior in the 1950s has been widely repudiated – in a more favorable light.

    The board's preliminary vote has met with some opposition.

    "When partisan politicians take a wrecking ball to the work of teachers and scholars, you get a document that looks more like a party platform than a social studies curriculum," Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that monitors public education in the state, told the Houston Chronicle.

    The final vote on the new standards will be held in May. There are 4 million children in the Texas public school system, making it the second-largest market for textbooks in the country. As a result, changes to the Texas curriculum are likely to impact other states as well.
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    Jan 20, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    The culture wars continue. In which Senator Joe McCarthy is a hero to Republicans, his persecution of innocent Americans a holy crusade that should be revived. I presume the term "McCarthyism" should now be eradicated from our lexicon? It's even in the dictionary, but I'm sure the Repubs can have that erased, too, a la "1984":

    McCarthyism

    a vociferous campaign against alleged communists in the U.S. government and other institutions carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950-54. Many of the accused were blacklisted or lost their jobs, although most did not in fact belong to the Communist Party.
    - figurative: any similar practice that endorses the use of unfair allegations and investigations : he practiced McCarthyism long before there was a McCarthy.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 20, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    McLeroy also succeeded in making changes to how Sen. Joseph McCarthy will be taught, painting the man – whose use of Congress to investigate alleged communist behavior in the 1950s has been widely repudiated – in a more favorable light. icon_eek.gif

    Mexico .... you up for a new Province?

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    Jan 20, 2010 8:18 PM GMT
    GQjock saidMcLeroy also succeeded in making changes to how Sen. Joseph McCarthy will be taught, painting the man – whose use of Congress to investigate alleged communist behavior in the 1950s has been widely repudiated – in a more favorable light. icon_eek.gif

    Mexico .... you up for a new Province?
    Yep, as a show of our appreciation to the friend south of the border, I think we should just give them Texas. Es todo tuyo
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    Jan 20, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    And ruin Mexico as a vacation destination? We could just take away all their books and teachers altogether. I wonder how long before anyone would notice.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 20, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    To the marvelous State that Gave us George W ...... Keep your crap to YOURSELF!!!!
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    Jan 20, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    I've seen this stuff in Texas, and in Arizona.

    One time, in Mesa, Arizona, I was fired from a job as a systems admin because I refused to join them in their prayer meetings. It was so blatant that they put "Are you a member of the LDS church?" right on the apps.

    Eventually, I hope, regular folks, with common sense, and tolerance, will stand up and say "ENOUGH!"
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    Jan 20, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    As someone who was born and raised in Texas, this doesn't surprise me one bit. Everybody screams about a "liberal bias" but, from birth, you are constantly brainwashed with right-wing ideology. It's kind of a joke to think that there's a liberal bias anywhere in Texas outside of Hippie Hollow.
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    Jan 21, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    Yest, the right wing ideology preys upon the arrogantly ignorant folks of many places in Texas.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 21, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    HA! And they call liberals communists!! HAHAHAHAHA!


    TRUE STORY: 6-1/2 years ago, I was on a temporary assignment in FT Lewis, WA in which I worked with someone originally from the Soviet Union. As a kid, he was actually taught that Mozart and many artistic wonders were mostly done by Russians. He was bitterly disappointed when we told him the truth.
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    Jan 21, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidI've seen this stuff in Texas, and in Arizona.

    One time, in Mesa, Arizona, I was fired from a job as a systems admin because I refused to join them in their prayer meetings. It was so blatant that they put "Are you a member of the LDS church?" right on the apps.

    Eventually, I hope, regular folks, with common sense, and tolerance, will stand up and say "ENOUGH!"


    Wow.

    Just .... wow.
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    Jan 21, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Oops...didn't mean to hit "SUBMIT" on that last one! D;


    I guess I just don't understand the mentality behind saying one significant historical figure demands a greater presence in a history book than some other significant historical figure outside of his actions in history. Aside from straight-up manipulation of facts, there's ZERO logical argument for it.

    There have been numerous arguments here in Memphis about removing statues and other monuments of significant Southern political figures from the time of slavery. They argue that because of such heinous acts committed by these people and their kind, they should have no historical edifice on which to stand outside of a caricature in the Civil Rights Museum. It's a racial issue here, as are most things in Memphis, and it's so damned irritating! It happened. Slavery happened. It was terrible. History was written exactly as it should have been, or it wouldn't have been written as it was. No one is presently alive that was part of that era. Please move on.

    It's like the Germans saying the Holocaust didn't happen. We understand you didn't know what kind of monster you had in your bed w/ you until it was too late. It was incalculably terrible what he and his government did in the name of Germany. But like it or not, that is your history. Please move on.

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    Jan 21, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    No surprise. Have you heard about the revisionsists that are essentially rewriting the bible "without liberal translation distortions"?
    http://conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project
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    Jan 21, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    Say what you want. I love this Lone Star State. Every place has its problems, but to me Texas is a great state to live. Say what you want about politics, give the rest of the state a break.
  • a2507

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    Jan 21, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    drjon2ko saidSay what you want. I love this Lone Star State. Every place has its problems, but to me Texas is a great state to live. Say what you want about politics, give the rest of the state a break.


    I want to echo this. Texas and my state, Oklahoma, have plenty of stupid politicians and too much Xian Right nonsense. But there are also progressive people here who believe in being fair to LGBT folks.

    Note also that it's in Texas where an open lesbian was elected to the 4th largest US city: not LA, not NYC, not DC, not Atlanta, not SF, not Chicago....in fact, not one of those cities has elected a gay or lesbian mayor yet. And Dallas and Houston are among the largest supporters of the Human Rights Campaign.

    Here in Tulsa, we're finally about to see the City add a non-discrimination policy and the lead on this is coming from Republicans (!) after being blown off by years of Democratic mayors/councilors.

    So, call Texas and Oklahoma on our screwed up shit but don't over generalize please and do give us credit when we do do something right.