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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.
Texas Legislative Update – by Liberty Institute/Free Market Foundation
Now that the liberal media and left wing extremists have had their fun over the past month bashing the Texas social studies standards without having actually read them, let’s see what amount of ink and attention this issue gets now that people can read for themselves the final, approved content of the standards.
Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is scheduled to release the final version of the social studies standards passed by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) by a vote of 9-5, on May 21 after more than a year and a half of public testimony, review, and input by professors, teachers, business leaders and parents.
Here are the direct links to the text of the standards as posted online by TEA:
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For Immediate Release –
May 22, 2010
AUSTIN – After more than a year of debate, over 30 hours of public testimony over the course of four open public meetings, and 14,000 emails, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved and successfully passed new Social Studies Curriculum Standards at their May 21, 2010 meeting. There has been much criticism from liberal commentators on how the SBOE handled the drafting of the new curriculum standards. While no curriculum can ever be perfect, the final work product is a strong step in the right direction and will give students a better understanding of the roots of American history.
State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) remarked, “The attacks on the State Board of Education ignored the transparent approach that the Board took toward developing curriculum standards for Texas school children, misstated many of the changes that the Board proposed, and sought to undermine the Board’s diligent work to execute its constitutional and statutory obligations. The Board should be applauded for their conscientious efforts; Texas school children will be the long-term beneficiaries.”