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Changes in History Curriculum in Texas


#1

Questions for the Yanks - how serious are the accusations outlined in the article?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/16/texas-schools-rewrites-us-history

Answers such as "this article is a vast against conspiracy against the US of A perpetrated by the islam-loving eurofag liberals" do not count.


#2

this article is a vast against conspiracy against the US of A perpetrated by the islam-loving eurofag liberals

:wink:

I'm not sure how many Yankee's are in Texas, but we'll see.


#3

Yank - a generic term in some countries of Europe for citizens of United States of America, originates from the United Kingdom and is considered an insult by everyone living south of the Mason-Dixon line.

:slight_smile:


#4

Christian Evangelists hating facts in favor of fairy tales and made up shit. What a surprise. It's fuckin Texas. They still teach that the earth was created in six days and electricity is magic.

Just another thing to make American kids that much dumber.


#5

I'm glad Cali is all over this shit. I don't blame them.

"Under Yee's bill, SB1451, the California Board of Education would be required to look out for any of the Texas content as part of its standard practice of reviewing public school textbooks. The board must then report any findings to both the Legislature and the secretary of education.

The bill describes the Texas curriculum changes as "a sharp departure from widely accepted historical teachings" and "a threat to the apolitical nature of public school governance and academic content standards in California."

"While some Texas politicians may want to set their educational standards back 50 years, California should not be subject to their backward curriculum changes," Yee said. "The alterations and fallacies made by these extremist conservatives are offensive to our communities and inaccurate of our nation's diverse history."

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_15098236


#6

let the flaming begin!


#7

Tempest in a teapot - there won't be any changes worth noting, I'd expect.

There is likely plenty to fix in the current curriculum - teachers' unions and professional administrators have wrecked what it takes to have an "education" - and I think this small move represents a backlash against that. But it is a backlash in mostly the wrong direction, and I think the backlash will straighten up and fly right and this will get no traction.


#8

Apolitical? This could have been written in the Onion. California's garbage of an education system is guilty of the exact same sins it alleges Texas is engaging in.


#9

?

How would something like this be interpreted as a backlash against teachers and administrators? I'm not seeing a connection.


#10

Current academic curricula is dominated by the progeny of the academic movement of the 1960s. It eschewed hard-earned knowledge and earned truth for a therapeutic curriculum that moved away from objectivity. It de-emphasized rigor and the social sciences assumed a class/race/gender bias analysis rather than a historically Western one.

There has been a movement to correct this ever since it begain occurring, and the Texas Evangelical push seems to be one of the reactions to it.


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#12

Any examples of this specifically?


#13

Because honestly, it seems far more to be the revising of history in the way that I thought only some folks on this board could do. Especially the pro-confederate thing, although the writer didn't exactly enumerate what that meant.


#14

Cause Lib articles CANT possibly be biased right? (pun intended)

But seriously its hard to right an objective article when the topic is objectivity itself.


#15

I liked this excerpt from a CNN opinion article:

"I believe we have an obligation to present our students with inconvenient facts, to make them uncomfortable and to teach them how to assess competing interpretations of our past."

That being said, ALL "history" is biased. But an attempt to reach back and "remove bias" is the descending down a very slippery slope of revisionism and propaganda.


#16

I think this quotation is what we're dealing with here:

"But the real reason became clear as that dispute played out, and I think that it helps explain what's happening today. Many conservatives are simply unwilling to accept how much the writing and teaching of American history has changed over the past 40 years.

They want an American history that ignores or marginalizes African-Americans, women, Latinos, immigrants and popular culture. Rather than genuinely engaging the fundamental conflicts that have shaped our past, they prefer a celebratory history that denies those fundamental conflicts."


#17

This is a good description of the conservative perspective.


#18

Which is not a surprise. They want Rush Limbaugh's version of American history, not... well, what really happened.

And again, this pro-confederate thing irritates the shit out of me as well.


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