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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Has anybody been keeping an eye on what's going on in Texas? Since Texas buys so many textbooks, the manufacturers base their textbooks on Texas's standards. A few of the crackpots on the Texas Board of Education are trying to change the standards to be more "conservative".

I swear, Aber61 must be on the board. Here are some of the proposed changes:


- A greater emphasis on “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.” This means not only increased favorable mentions of Schlafly, the founder of the antifeminist Eagle Forum, but also more discussion of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich's Contract With America.


- A reduced scope for Latino history and culture. A proposal to expand such material in recognition of Texas’ rapidly growing Hispanic population was defeated in last week’s meetings—provoking one board member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out in protest. "They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist," she said of her conservative colleagues on the board. "They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world."


- Changes in specific terminology. Terms that the board’s conservative majority felt were ideologically loaded are being retired. Hence, “imperialism” as a characterization of America’s modern rise to world power is giving way to “expansionism,” and “capitalism” is being dropped in economic material, in favor of the more positive expression “free market.” (The new recommendations stress the need for favorable depictions of America’s economic superiority across the board.)


- A more positive portrayal of Cold War anticommunism. Disgraced anticommunist crusader Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator censured by the Senate for his aggressive targeting of individual citizens and their civil liberties on the basis of their purported ties to the Communist Party, comes in for partial rehabilitation. The board recommends that textbooks refer to documents published since McCarthy’s death and the fall of the Soviet bloc that appear to show expansive Soviet designs to undermine the U.S. government.


- Language that qualifies the legacy of 1960s liberalism. Great Society programs such as Title IX—which provides for equal gender access to educational resources—and affirmative action, intended to remedy historic workplace discrimination against African-Americans, are said to have created adverse “unintended consequences” in the curriculum’s preferred language.


- Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the board’s judgment. Among the intellectual forerunners to be highlighted in Jefferson’s place: medieval Catholic philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, Puritan theologian John Calvin and conservative British law scholar William Blackstone. Heavy emphasis is also to be placed on the founding fathers having been guided by strict Christian beliefs.

- Excision of recent third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader (from the left) and Ross Perot (from the centrist Reform Party). Meanwhile, the recommendations include an entry listing Confederate General Stonewall Jackson as a role model for effective leadership, and a statement from Confederate President Jefferson Davis accompanying a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

- A recommendation to include country and western music among the nation’s important cultural movements. The popular black genre of hip-hop is being dropped from the same list.

(Found Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1253)

Removing Jefferson as an influential founder of our nation for John Calvin or Thomas Aquinas, portraying McCarthy more heroically, trying to make imperialism sound nicer, I really hope that this stuff gets rejected.
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Old March 16th, 2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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Well if the liberals can rewrite the history books to exclude what really happened and what our founding fathers intended for this country, then conservitives can do the same. Texas is gaining ground to be the new america. Liberals to the east of the mississippi and conservitives to the west of the mississippi
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Whatever happened to the idea of presenting the facts and letting the students decide how they feel about it?
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Old March 17th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #4
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Whatever happened to the idea of presenting the facts and letting the students decide how they feel about it?
That would indicate people can think for themselves which has been proven false by Obama's kool-aid drinking sheepole that elected a president with no experience and a catchy slogan.
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That would indicate people can think for themselves which has been proven false by Obama's kool-aid drinking sheepole that elected a president with no experience and a catchy slogan.

Teach what the history books have between the pages and stop emitting parts that sound political incorrect or what may offend some. If we do not remember our past mistakes how will we not repeat history.
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I don't care.
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Whatever happened to the idea of presenting the facts and letting the students decide how they feel about it?
When has that ever happened?

I really have to laugh at not viewing Thomas Jefferson as a major contributor to our nation's intellectual origins.
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When has that ever happened?

I really have to laugh at not viewing Thomas Jefferson as a major contributor to our nation's intellectual origins.
Don't laugh. This can have an effect on every state in the nation (the textbook thing). We could end up with MORE people like Aber61 who believes that the founding fathers were all evangelicals who founded America to promote Christianity. I see this as a problem. They are taking the true ideas of one of the major contributors to the founding of our country (Jefferson's idea of a wall of separation between church and state) and bastardizing them to suite their own agenda.

Sheesh, and I thought we only had to worry about the science textbooks.
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Don't laugh. This can have an effect on every state in the nation (the textbook thing). We could end up with MORE people like Aber61 who believes that the founding fathers were all evangelicals who founded America to promote Christianity. I see this as a problem. They are taking the true ideas of one of the major contributors to the founding of our country (Jefferson's idea of a wall of separation between church and state) and bastardizing them to suite their own agenda.

Sheesh, and I thought we only had to worry about the science textbooks.
I laugh at how ridiculous the proposals are. Obviously the fact people want to push this BS is something to be taken very seriously.
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When has that ever happened?
Yes, there I go with those stupid idealistic thought. It never really happened, because what you include or exclude is just as important as what you say about it.

It just seems to me that the text books from when I was in school did more presenting the facts, and less telling me what I should think about it.

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Yes, there I go with those stupid idealistic thought. It never really happened, because what you include or exclude is just as important as what you say about it.

It just seems to me that the text books from when I was in school did more presenting the facts, and less telling me what I should think about it.

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I agree with you, but there's always an agenda.

History is written by the victors....think about WWII being taught in 1950s in Germany. The viewpoint and way it is portrayed would be quite different.
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what about teaching about white people that have made a difference in the world.
every week i see a lot of asian, black, hispanic people who discovered things. not once have I seen a white.
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If we teach about what white people have done and the impact they made on society. Then we would be being "racist".
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The popular black genre of hip-hop is being dropped from the same list.
I'm fine with that one.
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Aren't the typical flaming liberal teachers in need of some balancing? You only know about Jefferson or even Washington for that matter because you were shown someone's interpretation of history in a history book. What makes you think that this one is any more bogus than those you were taught from? Look at all of the recent findings on George Washington and how wrong the text books have been proven to be.
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And when this is all over the history books will tell our grand kids that Obama was the (greatest) and first black president in history. They will emit the truth that he is the president that almost brought this country to its knees and the end of freedom as we oncw knew it.
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The people that are pushing these issues should have been aborted.
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I dont see a problem with removing some of the liberal pollution from school curriculum.
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