Monday, May 24, 2010

It's Official...


"We have allowed ideology to drive and define the standards of our Texas curriculum and it has swung from liberal to conservative depending on the members of state board. What students are taught should not be the handmaiden of political ideology."

Rod Paige
Former U.S. Secretary of Education 2001-2005
Former Houston ISD Superintendent 1994-2001

And of course the Texas State Board of Education ignored this advice.

"In a landmark vote that will shape the future education of millions of Texas schoolchildren, the State Board of Education on Friday approved new curriculum standards for U.S. history and other social studies courses that reflect a more conservative tone than in the past."

"Split along party lines, the board voted 9-5 to adopt the new standards, which will dictate what is taught in all Texas schools and provide the basis for future textbooks and student achievement tests over the next decade."

"Regarding the complaint that Republicans and conservative ideology have been given more prominence, board member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, said the panel was trying to make up for the liberal-slanted curriculum now being used in schools."

"“I think we’ve corrected the imbalance we’ve had in the past and now have our curriculum headed straight down the middle,” said McLeroy, one of seven social conservatives on the board. “I’m very pleased with what we’ve accomplished.""

"Board Democrats accused the Republicans of a “cut-and-paste” job on the standards that included a flurry of late amendments undoing much of the work of teachers and academics who were appointed to review teams to draft the curriculum requirements last year."

"“Here we are trying to approve standards for our children that will be used for years and we are being asked to approve all these last-minute cut-and-paste proposals,” said Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi."

"“I don’t think any teacher would accept work like this,” she said. “They would have thrown this paper in the trash. We’ve done an injustice to the children of this state.”"

"Board member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, called the proposal a “travesty""

The real lesson for adults in Texas? Every election is important!

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