Texas State Board of Education Travesty

by Race Bannon on March 13, 2010

On March 5, 2010, a great travesty occurred in the State of Texas. A radical, right-wing faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded in replacing fact with fiction in the state’s official curriculum that dictates how the children of that state will be taught. The new curriculum directives touch upon a wide array of subjects including social studies, history and economics. You can read more about it here.

As just one example of the new outrageous and dangerous guidelines, teachers in that state will be required to focus on the Judeo-Christian influences of our nation’s Founding Fathers. At the same time, they will not be allowed to teach the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. I fear the United States is beginning to form its own version of the same theocratic crazies that dominate elsewhere in the world. I thought our country was better than this.

While this blog is about self education, any affront to true learning and education is something I feel I must speak out about. These types of decisions must not be allowed to stand. They also point out why developing the self education skills in our children is so vital if we are to ensure we survive as a nation and as a civil society. Students must be taught to seek out facts and ideas unrestricted by any particular bias. By fostering self education skills we can at least counteract some of the shortcomings of traditional formal education highlighted so clearly by the Texas debacle.

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