The midterm election was a great step forward for the most part. Most levels of government are now substantially more motivated to listen to conservative ideas and principles.
Unfortunately the State Board of Education (SBOE) ended up with the same basic balance with the progressives maintaining a small but important majority. That means we must be very active telling them what makes good sense. We will have to work diligently to get favorable results.
This week the SBOE will have their final meeting on materials for review this year. These include social studies, math and the arts. Of those the social studies materials are by far the most problematic. The errors and biases in these materials are typical of the political correctness pushed by the progressive mindset in CSCOPE and Common Core. That is not surprising since these publishers would like to sell Texas the same textbooks that they expect to sell the states that have bought into Common Core to get a payoff by the federal Department of Education.
Fortunately a new organization started early this year to thoroughly review and report on the errors, omissions, and biases in these social studies materials. This organization is Truth in Texas Textbooks (TTT). They started with the recent work of experts and reviewers in other states. Then under the training and guidance of a Texas expert in education and social studies they tackled the materials submitted for approval in Texas. Over the past year TTT has done an excellent job of reviewing this huge stack of social studies materials. TTT maintains a website at http://truthintexastextbooks.com/ where they provide an Executive Summary of the review as well as a complete detailed listing of TTT Textbook Reviews organized by publisher. Due to the massive scale of the task and the brevity of the reporting format some of the reports are not as polished as some might like but the result is clear, effective and very important. I would suggest you start by scanning through some of the Executive Summary.
Frequently occurring errors and distortions include ignoring or distorting the actions and reasoning of the founding fathers and the balance of power in the US Constitution, using politically correct distortions of history to make the US look like an especially evil and imperialistic empire, lifting up the Islamic role in history and dissing the Judeo-Christian role. Of course these are the same distortions found in Common Core which is so bad that its use was outlawed by the last legislature. But the publishers don’t use the name Common Core so they expect to get a pass. The progressives will be happy to oblige.
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) and the publishers already have all of the TTT reviews. As usual the publishers are offering only token corrections for a few of the most egregious distortions and errors. What we need now is a great public outcry demanding all of these errors and distortions be corrected. That outcry is needed in the next couple of days.
The SBOE will have a public hearing on Tuesday 11/18 at 1 pm; then they will be taking the final votes on these materials on the following Wednesday through Friday. It is still possible to register Monday to testify in person here. But email comments are very effective also.
Action Item One:
It is most important to write the SBOE members and tell them that the errors that have been documented by TTT must be corrected. Anything less than thorough correction of these materials is unacceptable. Accepting the materials as they are is deliberate indoctrination of our students with misinformation. Please send a simple email to the SBOE members at firstname.lastname@example.org firmly requesting that corrections for the TTT reviews be required. This is very important; please do it now.
Action Item Two:
There is one additional thing that can be very effective, bring this issue to the attention of the leaders of other advocacy organizations. Please ask them to forward this newsletter to their members, or write their own, and ask their members to take action emailing the State Board of Education urging them to take the necessary action to secure these corrections from the publishers. Quick action on this will have a large impact indeed.
Thanks for your help! After the SBOE finalizes their decisions we can turn our attention to publicizing their actions and then look at the education issues in the upcoming legislative session. But right now the two action items above are all important. They must be done in the next couple of days.
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Frank MayoTexans for Superior Education