Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Texas education board retreats on stripping 'heroic' Alamo defenders from curriculum
The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | James Varney

Posted on 09/13/2018 10:32:07 AM PDT by jazusamo

The Texas State Board of Education appears to have decided the heroism of the Alamo is worth teaching to students after all.

State politicians erupted in protest this month after a volunteer team of educators, looking for ways to “streamline” the state’s social studies curriculum, recommended scrubbing references to “all the heroic defenders” at the Alamo from classroom teaching plans.

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, accused the panel of allowing the dictates of political correctness to run wild and demanded that Texans call the board to complain.

Rep. Ted Poe showed up personally before the board on Tuesday to demand respect for history. He quoted from William B. Travis’ letter to “the people of Texas and all the Americans in the world” seeking reinforcements for about 200 men holed up at the Alamo Mission in 1836, making a doomed stand against a Mexican army about 10 times that size led by Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

The board, having been sufficiently chastened, voted Wednesday to maintain references to heroism — but with an additional nod to diversity.

Under the latest plan, seventh-graders asked to “explain the issues surrounding significant events of the Texas Revolution” will now be expected to know “the heroism of the diverse defenders who gave their lives” at the Alamo.

The vote, which must be confirmed in final adoption of the curriculum this year, was unanimous.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: academicbias; alamo; danpatrick; educationboard; gregabbott; heroic; texas; textbooks
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-33 next last
Thank you Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, you got the attention of the pathetic leftists on the board.
1 posted on 09/13/2018 10:32:07 AM PDT by jazusamo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: jazusamo; Army Air Corps; LUV W; Windflier; Jane Long

PING!


2 posted on 09/13/2018 10:37:27 AM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
Sad that this question even arises in what is loosely referred to as "education" in America.

An enlightened People Possessing a clear understanding of the failure of previous civilizations to achieve and sustain freedom for individuals, our forefathers discovered some timeless truths about human nature, the struggle for individual liberty, the human tendency toward abuse of power, and the means for curbing that tendency through Constitutional self-government. Jefferson's Bill For The More General Diffusion Of Knowledge For Virginia declared:
"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate...the minds of the people...to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future...it will qualify them judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.."
Education was not perceived by the Founders to be a mere process for teaching basic skills. It was much, much more. Educa­tion included the very process by which the people of America would understand and be able to preserve their liberty and secure their Creator-endowed rights. Understanding the nature and origin of their rights and the means of preserving them, the people would be capable of self government, for they would recognize any threats to liberty and "nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud." (Adams)
 
Footnote: Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

3 posted on 09/13/2018 10:38:27 AM PDT by loveliberty2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: loveliberty2

Bump!


4 posted on 09/13/2018 10:40:53 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Those Alamo defenders couldn’t have been “heroes.” After all they were being vry offensive to Hispanic people.


5 posted on 09/13/2018 10:42:33 AM PDT by arthurus (L:::|pf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Would this be a classic example, of “politicians don’t see the light, till they feel the heat?”


6 posted on 09/13/2018 10:44:46 AM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

A tribute to the heroes of Texas, which included plenty of ‘Hispanics’. The story of Juan Seguin and his associates is as stirring and American as the story of Travis and Bowie.


7 posted on 09/13/2018 10:45:55 AM PDT by jjotto (Next week, BOOM!, for sure!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Thank you for the Bump. The combined powers of bureaucrats, federal and state, along with their combined enablers and funders, including the largest unions in America—the teachers’ unions—and ignorance among the populace, have produced a constitutionally-illiterate citizenry which endangers liberty for people all over the world.


8 posted on 09/13/2018 10:46:43 AM PDT by loveliberty2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: jjotto

Indeed. Don’t forget Lorenzo de Zavala.


9 posted on 09/13/2018 10:52:46 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Diversity sux because it is anti-American and dangerous


10 posted on 09/13/2018 10:58:04 AM PDT by RatRipper (Unindicted co-conspirators: the Mainstream Media and the Democratic Party)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

MAGA!

Let's Wrap This Baby Up, Folks!

Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

11 posted on 09/13/2018 11:11:14 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The pubic school powers are bad for children. They are in the camps of Baal, Ashtaroth and those mentioned in Psalms 14:1. Escape to a group of believers in Christ. And pray for revival in the USA.


12 posted on 09/13/2018 11:14:44 AM PDT by KDF48 (Redeemed by Christ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KC_Lion

Good. Senator Cruz and Governor Abbott were totally against this insult to the heroes of the Alamo!

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!


13 posted on 09/13/2018 11:15:13 AM PDT by LUV W (The bravery and dedication of our troops in keeping us safe & free make me proud to be an American!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The pubic school powers are bad for children. They are in the camps of Baal, Ashtaroth and those mentioned in Psalms 14:1. Escape to a group of believers in Christ. And pray for revival in the USA.


14 posted on 09/13/2018 11:15:47 AM PDT by KDF48 (Redeemed by Christ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: loveliberty2

Don’t the Leftists realize that we’re many Mexicans fighting Santa Anna also???? Leftists certainly are a strange group of troubled snowflakes.


15 posted on 09/13/2018 12:24:06 PM PDT by MGunny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

The vile disgusting leftists will try again though. That’s just how sewage flows.


16 posted on 09/13/2018 12:24:58 PM PDT by Boomer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo
Texas education board retreats on stripping 'heroic' Alamo defenders from curriculum

They ran like rats!

17 posted on 09/13/2018 12:27:14 PM PDT by dennisw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boomer

Yes they will, they keep pounding away at our freedoms.


18 posted on 09/13/2018 12:52:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

When I taught, it was fun tearing apart the Texas History textbooks and teaching my students the truth.


19 posted on 09/13/2018 12:52:56 PM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: arthurus
After all they were being vry offensive to Hispanic people.

A lot of them were Hispanic.

Although most did decamp about a week before the battle ended and thus most survived.

20 posted on 09/13/2018 6:16:26 PM PDT by PAR35
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-33 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson