Wednesday, May 26, 2010


If there is one thing I have learned in reading various blogs, its that we all have different political views. There is nothing wrong with that. Its like preferring chicken to fish. No big. However, when folks start thinking that textbooks are too liberal, there is a problem.

I'm speaking of this issue down in Texas where they are proposing changes to the facts because they are too "left-leaning". WTF?!?

Texas Board of Education votes to change textbook curriculum and creates a controversy. Friday, in a 9-5 vote the Texas Board of Education approved changes to elementary, middle school and high school curriculum to bring what they called balance to it. The new values are called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

"What we have is the history profession, the experts, seem to have a left-wing tilt, so what we were doing is trying to restore some balance to the standards," board member Don McLeroy said.

Because the state of Texas has 4.7 million public school students out of the 55 million nationwide, many textbook publishers adapt the textbooks after needs of Texas because they are one of the major buyers.

Many news reports state that these changes in Texas may affect every state and every American, including Utah.

The board voted to approve discussions of the "solvency of long term entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare"; and an examination of why "the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and compare and contrast this to the phrase 'separation of church and state.' "

They also voted "to add a direct reference to the election of President Barack H. Obama."

Students will be required to become familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s political philosophies, according to CNN.

I don't see what the reasoning is to change textbooks. They've done just well all these years. Why mess with a good thing?

I'm not sure which is scarier, the fact that they're changing this, this guy's warped views, or the fact that this will affect textbooks all around the country.

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