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Blazing a path to idiocy
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The Texas Board of "Education" has decided to trump facts with their own political agenda:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

(I am quoting from this article below, all quotes will be italicized.)

The most frightening phrase in this entire article, to me, anyway, was, "There were no historians, sociologists or economists consulted at the meetings, though some members of the conservative bloc held themselves out as experts on certain topics."

Sure, why not? The only thing at stake is the educational future of Texas students, not to mention a large chunk of the rest of the country. Pshaw; who needs real experts?

The bad news:

* Senator Joe McCarthy is on his way to being vindicated by the far right, which flies blindly in the face of the actual truth.

* An amendment requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others” was voted down. Translation: Texas schools will be teaching the utter falsehood that the United States was founded as a Christian, and only a Christian, nation.

* Thomas Jefferson--Thomas fucking Jefferson--is being removed from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, chiefly because he coined the phrase, "separation of church and state," which to the far-right lizard brain does not exist. Gonna be awkward when right-wing families travel to Mount Rushmore, isn't it?

* No Tejanos (it will now be taught) fought on the Texas side at the Alamo. Nope. Bowie and Crockett apparently stood their ground alone. After all, to the right all brown people are bad, so they can't be depicted doing good things. Wouldn't fit the overall agenda, don'tcha know.

There's more, and it's just as revolting.

The good news (yes, there is some):

* Thanks to advances in technology, including the internet, individual states can order their own, more balanced texts to teach in their classrooms. Had this horrendous decision by the Texas Board of "Education" come, say twenty years earlier, it would have impacted the textbook market much more negatively; Texas schools hold a huge sway over the textbook market in the country, simply because Texas is so large. That isn't to say this isn't a terrible development; but luckily less brain-damaged school districts elsewhere in the country have options available to them to teach more truthful history, and don't necessarily have to follow Texas' awful example.

* This is kind of both good and bad news. Ultimately, a poorly-crafted curriculum will be reflected in the graduates it generates. The poorly-educated will have an uphill battle when they try to attend an accredited university later on. Bluntly put, decent schools don't teach this backward crap for a reason: it isn't true. So this is very bad news for students who will be going through the Texas education system in years to come; the poor kids won't know any better as they are taught a skewed and politically-motivated version of the truth. I suspect that homeschooling may actually rise because of this, with more progressive parents teaching their own children. The good side of this is that I believe the cream will always rise to the top; good and smart kids will get access to the right information and will excel. It might be more of a battle for them, but when there's a will, there's a way.

Texas: Last in Education, First in Executions.

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Too true. I can't say I am surprised, either. Disgusted, yes; but not surprised.

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At least in Orwell, I think the historical manipulation was done by intelligent people. Twisted, but intelligent.

What is happening here in Texas is just being carried out by ignorant thugs.

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However, and luckily, almost by definition the reign of the ignorant can only be temporary. Yes, they keep popping up again and again, and yes, they do gain power, but it is unsustainable, simply because these people are so damned stupid.

The caveat, of course, is when an entire country gets stupid and doesn't realize what is taking place. I fear this is where the US stands right now, and bringing the country back from the brink of such hardcore stupidity is going to be a much harder chore this time around. The illogical and clueless atmosphere of anti-intellectualism in this country is frightening and damaging all the way across the social, economic and environmental spectrum.

What's worse is I don't think the UK is all that far behind all of this! Esp. what blair did to UK schools.....

Would some sort of national cirrculum in schools work for the USA?

SP

I think it would, but in the current political climate there are two problems:

1) it would be viewed as big government!!!!! and OMG socialism!!!!one

2) it would take a balanced board of intelligent and realistic thinkers who would keep the students' well-being in mind. Right now, those in power at all levels are far too power-hungry and ideology-driven.

Blood for Acid? Oo

I can understand the Alamo part, that's more of a fantasy thing when it comes to state residents. Erasing Jefferson after a certain date just doesn't make sense. Again unfortunately the religious factor is not a surprise. This is one of the only chances they can insert the bias into their heads.

Sorry for the edits, the storm was causing some interference with my connection.

Well, history shows us that after every period of religious thuggery--one of which we are definitely in the midst of right now--there is a period of intellectual enlightenment.

It can't come too soon.

that frightens me And They criticize the muslim faith in being backwards. We are not doin much better.

Agreed. This is a baby step forward in their sick agenda to officially instill one, and only one, national religion in the United States. What's more sickening is what they call "Christianity" these days is in no way, shape or form Christ-like.

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