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The Texas school board has had a long history of changing textbooks… 
27th-Mar-2010 03:26 pm
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The Texas school board has had a long history of changing textbooks to reflect inaccurate information. And because Texas is the largest purchaser of textbooks, whatever they want to be put in them is what the rest of the nation ends up getting by default.

This is not simply a conservative vs. liberal issue. Even other conservatives do not all agree with the changes being made. They are removing or reducing actual historical and scientific data from the textbooks which will give future generations an inaccurate understanding of history and science.

In order to compete in the global market and as a leading nation, we need our children to be well-educated on those subjects that will keep us as global leaders in politics, in business, and in science and technology. It does no one any good to rewrite history in our textbooks because some extremists don't like the story.  They actually want to completely remove Thomas Jefferson's writings on the separation of church and state because it will be easier to convince people that this country was founded on religious principles if future voters never learn that the Founding Fathers explicitly and intentionally separated church and state.  That is not the only proposed change either, but it's a representative example.

Please sign this petition to encourage textbook publishers to refuse to make nationwide changes to their textbooks to the detriment of all our children on the basis that a handful of extremists with no historical, scientific, or academic background think they know better than the "experts". Pass this on to your friends and family - even people without children or with grown children are affected by the future of our Nation's children.  Email it, Tweet about it, blog about it, post it in Facebook.

27th-Mar-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
But we've got to stand up to those experts!

28th-Mar-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I love how it was a dentist who said that - y'know, a guy with an elitist specialized education who makes a living telling other people what to do based on his superior knowledge and education ... i.e. an "expert".
27th-Mar-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
May I copy your words to my journal please?
28th-Mar-2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely!
27th-Mar-2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Seems to me that this could be quite adequately adressed on a local level -- by proposing and supporting legislation barring school boards from considering or accepting books that have been *approved* by the Texas School Board, and directing local bureaucrats to notify publishers of this.

Matter of fact, I think I'll take a look at this before the next Town Council meeting.


28th-Mar-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
That would be another approach to take. Unfortunately, even if that approach did work, it would only help that individual school district who was smart enough (and wealthy enough) to refuse the "standard" text books and spend the time and money to research a better caliber of text book instead.

Asking the publishers not to make changes based on Texas's recommendations also has its pros and cons, it's simply one method among many to make our desire known that not everyone wants our children to be as ignorant as Texas.
28th-Mar-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I think it's a fantastic idea for you to look into this before your next Town Council meeting and to raise the issue at the local level!
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28th-Mar-2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
This isn't an issue to be voted on for legislation, this is a petition to tell the textbook publishers not to put into effect those recommendations made by the Texas school board. The publishers still have a choice in what material they put in their textbooks. They just tend to put whatever Texas and California want in their books because those are the largest purchaser of their books. And then, once the books are printed, that's what all the other states end up buying too.

The idea behind this petition can stand no matter what the date, as those of us who care about education continue to care what's in the text books whether it's today or next year. I know that I will be equally interested in the content of textbooks 10 years from now as I am today, and, if history is any indication of future trends, then Texas will continue to push ignorance onto the nation's children ten years from now too.
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