Sunday, March 14, 2010

It really should be another country...


Today, I want to drop Texas from the union and perhaps adopt Australia. Or maybe The Maldives. Anything but Texas. I want Texas to really be another country. Now, I know there are millions of fine Texans. But, they need to move, as soon as humanly possible, at least if they want their children to get an education. Seems the Republican lead Texas State Board of Education wasn't happy with history, so they've decided to rewrite it. They felt that conservative issues and the conservatives who espouse them were not painted in a favorable light in traditional existing textbooks, so they are makin' their own textbooks. They want to downplay things like separation of church and state and civil rights. “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said one member of the board. And they want play up the free enterprise system and how it "thrives best absent excessive government intervention" (April Castro, AP). Sounds a little right wing...perhaps...What I find amusing is the amendment to paint Joe McCarthy in a more favorable light! Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?
And we in the U.S. wonder why our students don't fare so well compared to other students in industrialized nations. We New Yorkers have the most corrupt and venal politicians in the world, but I'll take them any day over the idiots on the Texas State Board of Education. I feel bad for all of intelligent Texans who have to swallow this bitter pill. I know they will fight this ludicrous, egregious, insidious, and obnoxious crap. Unfortunately, in their present environment, they appear to be outnumbered.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

And THIS is why Jason and I give our kids extra homework at home on top of what they learn at school. Sigh. We saw this on the news the other night and were so disgusted. Stupid state. :/

Nymeth said...

I thought of Amanda and Jason as soon as I read this - eek! But at least their kids have awesome parents who make sure they get a well-rounded education. I feel awful for those who don't :\

Chris said...

I just don't get it...I really don't. I thought of Amanda and Jason right away too. Ditto what Ana said! It's just so sad...I don't understand this close mindedness...this just blatant ignorance! I'm with you buddy.

Rich said...

It is unanimous! Our sympathies are with Jason and Amanda!

Amanda said...

Seriously, your sympathies should be with other Texas children. Our boys are lucky - we're going to make sure they aren't left to flounder in TX education.

Debi said...

Very good point, Amanda!

But it is sad that every kid can't just get the education they deserve from their own public school. And goodness knows, at least in this country, it sure as hell isn't just TX who's failing. :/

Amanda said...

Actually last night I discovered that it wasn't just TX going to suffer here. Apparently our textbooks go to 80% of the rest of the country. That's what's REALLY upsetting. Sorry guys!