11 February 2010

From The Enemies Of American Exceptionalism


According to a legal advocacy organization, the Texas State Board of Education has some suggestions for school textbook revisions. Some of the suggestions that have been put forth at various times include:
  • Removing references to Daniel Boone, General George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day, and Christmas.
  • Including the cultural impact of hip hop music, ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow, and the Hindu holiday of Diwali.
  • Replacing the term "American" with "Global Citizen"– stating that students need to be shaped "for responsible citizenship in a global society" without any mention of citizenship in American society.
  • Replacing expansionism and free enterprise with imperialism and capitalism.
You can read the details in a press release from the Liberty Counsel here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now comrade, you are not being a good global citizen pushing back against the language control agenda. TX Board of Ed, the UN, or the Pilot Bureau? I get confused.

It's shocking to note that "progress" consists of disenfranchising the heritage of some in order to redefine the new citizen content to live in a more totalitarian state. One of my ancestors helped settle Boonesborough with Daniel Boone.

Corey said...

1. Not acceptable
2. I can see this being taught, but not at the expense of other things of importance.
3. Stupid
4. Definitions...sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me....

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I'm glad we agree on something Corey. Of course, as an educator, you understand there's only so much time to teach the most relevant facts of American history. Somethings are simply irrelevant.

Corey said...

Yes, I know...I typically do not cover hip hop music or the hindo holiday, but Darrow does come into the mix when I do the 1920...monkey trial and all...

jacksonianlawyer said...

Sickening, infuriating and utterly and unequivocally absurd. Enemies indeed. Reason # 5,432,357,942 for home-schooling.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

JL:

My thoughts exactly.

MSimons said...

As far as I can confirm all these changes have been voted down or did not get out of the subcommittee. I have called and wrote the TSBE and that what I have been told.

When the State does their review of the TEKS they allow suggestions from the public and educators. If filled properly they are read and looked at. Some years you get some crack pots who try to get stuff in to the TEKS. We have a very conservative TSBE down here they are always getting heat from the Left.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

MS:

Spoken like a true Texan.

MSimons said...

Thank you sir.