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GOP voice joins curriculum debate (Texas)
Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2011 | Gary Scharrer

Posted on 02/17/2011 2:39:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

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The new Texas curriculum standards represent a hodge-podge of names motivated by partisan politics, the Fordham Institute said in its report.

Civil rights groups protested the new standards, which they claim distort history and shortchange the contributions of minorities.

The Texas chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a complaint last year with the U.S. Department of Education, asking the agency to take legal action if Texas tries to implement the new standards. The complaint still is being evaluated, a department spokesman said.

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"The State Board of Education has moved on to the review of mathematics and fine arts standards," she [Chair Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas.] said. "I doubt that many would want to put an important area like math on hold for an additional year while we revisit the history standards."

Lowe's unwillingness will trigger a fight with lawmakers, said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, head of the 40-member Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

"If she cannot see the problem, she cannot be part of the solution," he said. "She owes it to the state of Texas to have the right social studies curriculum in place."

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Some groups support the Texas curriculum standards, including the Liberty Institute, which gave the Fordham Institute a grade of "F" after the Washington, D.C.-based education think tank slapped a "D" on the Texas history standards.

"The most obvious problem with this report is that it is full of dramatic overstatements, trivial details, and flat-out lies about the content of Texas' social studies standards," said Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs for Liberty Institute. "This is just another Washington voice, Johnny-come-lately trying to punish Texas for rejecting (President Barack) Obama's attempted takeover of state curriculum standards."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: education; minorities; teaching; textbooks

1 posted on 02/17/2011 2:39:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Fundamentally, it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a religiously, culturally, and politically neutral education. It is axiomatic!

Time in a school day, and space on a page, are limited. Choices must be made in how to fill that day or that page in a textbook. In making those choices some topics will be stressed, others minimized, and some ignored completely. Those choices are NOT NOT NOT politically, culturally, or religiously neutral in content or consequences!

FUNDAMENTALLY, government schools violate the First Amendment and freedom of conscience. They are an abomination!

Solution: Begin the process of privatizing K-12 education. Shut down the government schools. Move toward complete separation of school and state.

2 posted on 02/17/2011 5:08:32 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

They’re breeding places for socialists and they will not be limited by conservative thought, conservative word or conservative funding cuts.


3 posted on 02/17/2011 5:11:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Texas chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a complaint last year with the U.S. Department of Education, asking the agency to take legal action if Texas tries to implement the new standards.

And what authority does the federal government have to dictate to the states what their school curriculum should be?

4 posted on 02/17/2011 5:33:18 AM PST by Petrosius
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They’re breeding places for socialists and they will not be limited by conservative thought, conservative word or conservative funding cuts.
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Exactly!

Government schools will NOT NOT NOT be reformed by having conservatives on the curriculum committees! ( people's comrade committees of correct thoughts)

Government schools **are** socialist-funded, collectivist, government owned and run, and managed by the voting mob people's committees ( schools boards). And...They are GODLESS!

Simply by attending children be comfortable with:

—Thinking GODLESSLY

—Socialism. If government can take money from a neighbor for schooling ( by threat of armed police action ), why not threaten with with police action for thousands of other socialist wants and needs?

—Collectivism. Children learn to be compliant little prisoners of the state in their prison-like schools.

— Voting mobs

— Government management and ownership of their lives. With Obama Care and its Death Panels the voting mob and comrade committees will now control their death as well.

5 posted on 02/17/2011 5:38:13 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Petrosius

The Left is pissed because textbooks are written up in Texas and purchased by public schools across the country. For years the Democrats in TX ruled the roost and wrote the “history.” Because conservatives held sway in the last go around (I think it happens every 10 years) and managed to drag the curriculum back (with liberal members of the board digging their heels in every step along the way) toward the middle, the Left is squealing like a stuck pig.


6 posted on 02/17/2011 5:40:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Petrosius
What authority does anyone have to dictate to another what their children should THINK and BELIEVE?

ALL government schools ( regardless of how small the district or how localized the control) are a First Amendment and freedom of conscience abomination.

Even if school districts were the size of a suburban subdivision or city block, government schools are a First Amendment and freedom of conscience human rights ABUSE!

A religiously, politically, and culturally neutral education is IMPOSSIBLE! We should begin the process of privatizing all K-12 education. What is needed is complete separation of school and state.

7 posted on 02/17/2011 5:43:08 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

and managed to drag the curriculum back (with liberal members of the board digging their heels in every step along the way) toward the middle
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Unfortunately, it is never dragged fully back to the middle. Yes, conservatives pull it back somewhat but never manage full restoration.


8 posted on 02/17/2011 5:45:25 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

I agree.


9 posted on 02/17/2011 5:59:17 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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