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Texas ed board adopts social studies standards
Google AP ^ | March 12, 2010 | April Castro

Posted on 03/12/2010 1:20:27 PM PST by La Lydia

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power to shape the lessons that will be taught to millions of students on American history, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and other topics. In a vote of 11-4, the board preliminarily adopted the new curriculum after days of charged debate ...

Decisions by the board — long led by the social conservatives who have advocated ideas such as teaching more about the weaknesses of evolutionary theory — affects textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients.

As part of the new curriculum, the elected board — made up of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher among others — rejected an attempt to ensure that children learn why the U.S. was founded on the principle of religious freedom. But, it agreed to strengthen nods to Christianity by adding references to "laws of nature and nature's God" ...

They also agreed to strike the word "democratic" in references to the form of U.S. government, opting instead to call it a "constitutional republic."

In addition to learning the Bill of Rights, the board specified a reference to the Second Amendment right to bear arms...

Conservatives beat back multiple attempts to include hip-hop as an example of a significant cultural movement that already includes country music...

Over the past three days, the board also argued over how historic periods should be classified (still B.C. and A.D., rather than B.C.E. and C.E.); whether or not students should be required to explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on global politics (they will); and whether former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir should be required learning (she will)....

(Excerpt) Read more at google.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; civicseducation; constitution; education; historyeducation; indoctrination; littleredschoolhouse; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; reeducationcenters; republic; revisionisthistory; socialstudies; texas
Not a complete victory, but very close.
1 posted on 03/12/2010 1:20:27 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Jim Robinson

FYI


2 posted on 03/12/2010 1:20:47 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Good for Texas!


3 posted on 03/12/2010 1:21:40 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Nachum

Ping


4 posted on 03/12/2010 1:22:27 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: La Lydia

Bravo to those who had the courage to stand and fight.


5 posted on 03/12/2010 1:22:57 PM PST by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: La Lydia
I just read this story, but from the AP. They use the term "far-right faction" to describle the nice folks who maintained their standards and fought the forces of political correctness. It's as if the other folks are just regular people, but our side are extremists. Typical.

Although I find it hateful that they chose to ignore the sacrifices made by one-legged lesbians of color in WWI. Not.

6 posted on 03/12/2010 1:25:19 PM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: La Lydia

Thank GOD that these people are the ones that hold sway over textbook content!


7 posted on 03/12/2010 1:27:36 PM PST by Tucsonican
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To: La Lydia

The author is horrified that there’s push-back against a radical socialist agenda . . . that’s she’s obviously in agreement with. There isn’t even a pretense of objectivity.


8 posted on 03/12/2010 1:29:37 PM PST by Oratam
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To: La Lydia
Texas, one of the few sane places left.

It's a sad day in American education when something such as the fact that the US is a republic has to be debated. When we deny the fact that certain Christian values and ideas are behind our Constitution and justice system etc. The secular left wants to expunge things from curricula even though it's significant and factual out of ideological reasons.

9 posted on 03/12/2010 1:30:02 PM PST by Red6
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To: La Lydia
Texas has the Independent School Districts (ISD), and if they had the power things would even be better. Because as with the push towards more central power in Washington, power has moved to Austin over the years at the state level too, you now have the Politburo decide what kids learn.

Education belongs in the hands of those that pay for it and whose kids are affected. Even the idea of what textbooks should contain and be used is something that is for the school districts to decide, not some amateur or politician in Austin or God forbid some day Washington when they gobble up that too.

10 posted on 03/12/2010 1:34:49 PM PST by Red6
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Good for the other 47 states who use Texas textbooks.


11 posted on 03/12/2010 1:45:45 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

“They also agreed to strike the word “democratic” in references to the form of U.S. government, opting instead to call it a “constitutional republic.”

SWEET!! That’s it, I’m coming home to Texas.


12 posted on 03/12/2010 1:48:20 PM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...
The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power

Nice impartial reporting from Buttociated Press.

13 posted on 03/12/2010 2:00:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: La Lydia
whether or not students should be required to explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on global politics (they will)

How about the origins of terrorists bombing planes? Islamonazism has been with us for decades now.

14 posted on 03/12/2010 2:02:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: AuntB

“SWEET!! That’s it, I’m coming home to Texas.”

We’ll keep a light on for you. Just remember to yell “friendlies coming across the wire!!!” before you cross the border...


15 posted on 03/12/2010 2:02:54 PM PST by Gabrial
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To: La Lydia
far-right faction

Yup. Complete with swastikas on our arms and ropes for hanging minorities.

And they focus on evolution first? That was such a small part of it. Overwhelmingly it was about the Constitution.
16 posted on 03/12/2010 2:09:48 PM PST by BJClinton (0bama is not the anti-christ. Satan wouldn't be such a screw up.)
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To: Gabrial

“We’ll keep a light on for you. Just remember to yell “friendlies coming across the wire!!!” before you cross the border...”

Will do!! :<)


17 posted on 03/12/2010 2:10:17 PM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner; Willie Green; stevie_d_64; Allegra; AnnaZ; TheMom; wolfcreek; Ditter; ...

Lone Star Bump


18 posted on 03/12/2010 2:10:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: La Lydia
Berlanga also bristled when the board approved an amendment that deletes a requirement that sociology students "explain how institutional racism is evident in American society."

Even today?

19 posted on 03/12/2010 2:12:25 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Liberty Valance; Eaker; humblegunner; Willie Green; stevie_d_64; Allegra; AnnaZ; TheMom; Ditter; ...

Here’s a little side note from the meeting.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/politics-sex-religion-are-all-fair-game-at-344354.html


20 posted on 03/12/2010 2:13:10 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: BJClinton

I see them bring up EVOLUTION again and again in SOCIAL STUDIES discussion.

How many times has one of these articles bothered to mention efforts to teach man-made global warming as fact? A fetus isn’t life?


21 posted on 03/12/2010 2:13:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Liberty Valance
Thanks for the ping!
22 posted on 03/12/2010 2:15:24 PM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: a fool in paradise

How can one explain the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without being permitted to discuss religion?


23 posted on 03/12/2010 2:16:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
Nice impartial reporting from Buttociated Press.

Yes, that "far-right faction" in the first sentence pretty much sets the tone, doesn't it?

Looks like enough people are starting to get sick and tired of the Democrats' diversity garbage.

24 posted on 03/12/2010 2:34:06 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: La Lydia

I don’t know why anyone would have a problem with these standards. It’s not like they are requiring kids to learn creationism in science class. The only ones that might have a problem here are the atheists, race baiters and illegals.


25 posted on 03/12/2010 2:47:04 PM PST by Grunthor (Everyone hates the U.S. at least until they need liberated.)
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To: La Lydia

thanks for the post...this is good news...good news indeed


26 posted on 03/12/2010 3:00:08 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: BJClinton
And they focus on evolution first? That was such a small part of it. Overwhelmingly it was about the Constitution.

They had to in order to make the "point" that these changes were made by right-wind religious extremists who deny the truth of science in favor of dogmatic belief in an archaic corrupt religion.
27 posted on 03/12/2010 3:03:50 PM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: La Lydia

YeeHaaaa!

It’s a start. Now, parents need to monitor whether a teacher trashes or upholds the standards.


28 posted on 03/12/2010 3:23:34 PM PST by RebelTex (FREEDOM IS EVERYONE'S RIGHT! AND EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!)
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To: Terpfen

No bias in the media. None at all.


29 posted on 03/12/2010 3:25:28 PM PST by BJClinton (0bama is not the anti-christ. Satan wouldn't be such a screw up.)
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To: La Lydia

another hearing in May.....but Main work is done

The decline of the USA is stil a choice....a step at a time


30 posted on 03/12/2010 3:27:57 PM PST by sbark
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To: a fool in paradise

She is a race pimp, Tejana style. Texas kids — all kids — deserve to be taught about the Spanish-speaking people who actually played an important role in our country’s history, such as Bernardo de Gálvez’ services to the American Revolution, and Father Serra in settling California. And I think they SHOULD be taught that there were Tejanos fighting alongside the heroes of the Alamo. But this woman wants them to be taught to pick at the scabs of our racial history that are healing, and that is disgraceful.


31 posted on 03/12/2010 3:38:04 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

This makes this mom of two school age boys in Texas public schools happy.


32 posted on 03/12/2010 5:32:16 PM PST by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: wolfcreek
from that article at link:

Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, said the board's 10 Republicans had voted to "reject the most fundamental constitutional protection for religious freedom in America today: the principle that government may not disfavor or promote any religion over all others."

The Texas Freedom Network bills itself as a watchdog of the religious right.

Does that mean what I think it means? They "rejected" it as in fought against the pooh-bah crap?

33 posted on 03/12/2010 8:08:28 PM PST by exhaustedmomma (All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should. Samuel Adams)
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To: exhaustedmomma
“Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, said the board's 10 Republicans had voted to “reject the most fundamental constitutional protection for religious freedom in America today: the principle that government may not disfavor or promote any religion over all others.”

According to judge Napalitano, this only applied to a national religion. Massachusetts, actually had a state religion at one time. So all this garbage about the USA being a “secular” country is just misinformation.

34 posted on 03/12/2010 8:24:20 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
What you said, I get... the nat'l religion/secularism stuff. What I don't understand... are you saying somebody in that quote is saying that? Miller? the 10 (R)'s? I really don't get what is meant by that part I quoted. Who did what, who said what, who meant what...

I do know the original "plan" was full of all kinds of messed up stuff.

The capitol building is full of Biblical references, founding father references, and Constitutional references---etched in stone. What are these people who are "really" trying to rewrite all this going to do about that??? Shiver. Scenes from Dr. Zhivago just flashed through my head.

35 posted on 03/12/2010 8:51:13 PM PST by exhaustedmomma (All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should. Samuel Adams)
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To: La Lydia

The Democrats, all of whom were Hispanic or African American, felt that U.S. Army’s role in the attempted extermination of American Indians and the Chicano Mural Movement were priorities. It’s not hard to see why their communities are as backward as they are. Those that represent these communities have never figured out the key to success in America. The key to success for them is to bash what made America great. Within their communities those that figure out it is the greatness of the American system that will lift them up - they succeed and pull themselves up and out of poverty. The more that figure this out the less votes for these liberals. The key to success, therefore, for the lefties, is to keep their constituents in ignorance.


36 posted on 03/12/2010 9:16:59 PM PST by gscc
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To: BJClinton

Small part or not. That’s the issue many people (liberals and non-liberals) worry about.


37 posted on 03/12/2010 9:25:05 PM PST by MetaThought
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38 posted on 03/13/2010 9:50:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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