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1 majii  Sep 16, 2014 11:38:57pm

I’m a retired high school social studies teacher, and I’ve been following the shenanigans of the RW members of this committee for quite a while. To put it nicely, they’re ideological nuts. Few of them have degrees in education or have actually spent time in a classroom teaching anything. I read on a blog called Juanita Jean’s on Monday that there were approximately 140 slots on the textbook committee and many qualified individuals, like faculty members at Texas colleges and universities, were turned down in favor of garden-variety tea partiers, most of whom have no training in the field of education of any sort.

I fear for the kids who graduate from TX high schools in the future who were forced to use these tea party social studies textbooks. Once they reach college, they’ll spend quite a bit of time trying to keep up with information in their college history classes while trying to learn the things about history they should have learned in high school. While these RW nuts are fighting for the right to revise history to suit their views, they’re unaware that they’re handicapping the state’s students. I guess when they get their way, they’ll walk around bragging about how their idea that separation of church and state doesn’t really exist got into all of the state’s history textbooks. This is the kind of dumb-*asses they are.

If I had a kid in a TX public school, and if these TP-inspired social studies books are adopted, I’d send my kid to a good private or parochial school.

2 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Sep 17, 2014 3:48:29am

This is not about teaching History or Science. It is about ideological force-feeding the young in a standard “Might Makes Right” manner so common with any Utopian Cult.

Facts are pliable or deniable. History is written by the victors. Archeology is a lie. Dinosaur fossils are a planted by the Devil. Man cannot cause Climate Change because God. The Bible is the inerrant word of God except for the parts we ignore or don’t like.

I grew up in Texas Public Schools and was largely unprepared for life outside of the South as a result. It took years of living outside the region to realize a large part of my education and upbringing was just locally produced bunk. I fear it is only worse now.

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