Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Texas School Board to Drop Truth From Text Books

THE POWER OF THE BRAIN TO REASON!
"Inherit The Wind."





U.S. history textbooks could soon be flavored heavily
with Texas conservatism




The nation’s public school curriculum may be in for a
Texas-sized overhaul, if the Lone Star state’s
influential recommendations for changes to social studies,
economics and history textbooks are fully ratified later this
spring. Last Friday, in a 10-to-5 vote split right down party
lines, the Texas State Board of Education approved some
controversial right-leaning alterations to what most students
in the state—and by extension, in much of the rest of
the country—will be studying as received historical and
social-scientific wisdom. After a public comment period, the
board will vote on final recommendations in May.

Don McElroy, who leads the board’s powerful seven-member
social conservative bloc, explained that the measure is a way
of "adding balance" in the classroom, since
"academia is skewed too far to the left." And the
board's critics have labeled the move an attempt by political
"extremists" to "promote their ideology."

The revised standards have far-reaching implications because
Texas is a huge market leader in the school-textbook
industry. The enormous print run for Texas textbooks leaves
most districts in other states adopting the same course
materials, so that the Texas School Board effectively spells
out requirements for 80 percent of the nation’s textbook
market. That means, for instance, that schools in
left-leaning states like Oregon and Vermont could soon be
teaching from textbooks that are short on references to Ted
Kennedy but long on references to conservative activist
Phyllis Schlafly.

Here are some of the other signal shifts that the Texas Board
endorsed last Friday:
CLICK HERE

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Texas School Board to Drop Truth From Text Books

Don McElroy, who leads the board’s powerful seven-member social conservative bloc, explained that the measure is a way of "adding balance" in the classroom, since "academia is skewed too far to the left." And the board's critics have labeled the move an attempt by political "extremists" to "promote their ideology."

The above statement is so bizarre and chilling; it belongs in RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Since when did truth become a left leaning object? These charlatans, who call themselves a School Board of Education, embody anything but EDUCATION!

A dictionary defines EDUCATION as: the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually
for mature life.

Is teaching misinformation, and omitting important historical events (and people) in order to achieve the indoctrination of our children to a one-sided political and religious perspective, a way to a more mature society?
I think not but hey, Vladimir Putin is doing the same thing, with the ordering of a series of new "patriotic" textbooks of Russian history. (Read Below)

Critics are accusing President Vladimir Putin's government of a Soviet-style rewriting of Russian history with a series of new "patriotic" textbooks
to be unveiled in the new school year.

New laws passed this summer have given the government sweeping powers over which textbooks will be used in schools. Teachers and other critics

have voiced concerns that this will allow the government to force the use of a single, approved book in each subject - essentially a return to Soviet practice.

Mr Putin has complained that the negative view of the Soviet past in current history textbooks is down to the fact that the authors received foreign grants to write them.

Now, the Kremlin claims it wants to change that situation and a recommissioning of Russia's history textbooks is under way. A handbook
for teachers, on the basis of which a future textbook for students could be written, is called The Modern History of Russia, 1945-2006. Only one of the authors is a professional historian. The book calls Joseph Stalin a "contradictory" figure, and states that while some people consider him evil, others recognise him as a "hero" for his role in the Great Patriotic War (the Second World War) and his territorial expansion.

Jumping jehosaphat! It looks as though the Texas school board is emulating The Soviet Union! Those Commies! thinkingblue

PS: Also read: How a group of radical Texas conservatives is rewriting YOUR kids’ textbooks


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