As I wrote here last month, the Texas State Board of Education voted on March 12 to give preliminary approval to a social studies curriculum that will essentially re-write history.
For example: with this curriculum, students will learn nothing about Thomas Jefferson’s political philosophy or his thoughts on the separation of church and state; the superiority of American capitalism will be lauded; the Tejanos who fell defending the Alamo will be ignored; and all Republican philosophies will be seen in a positive light.
Why is this issue so important? Texas is one of the largest textbook markets in the country, so material that is created to cater to the Texas curricula will almost certainly find its way into textbooks around the country. What happened in Texas will impact the education of our children across the nation.
Please take action now against this outrageous move to destroy the purpose of education. Go to the Care2 petition site at http://www.care2.com/go/z/19838608, and urge Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education, the primary publishers of social studies textbooks in the U.S., not to lower their standards in order to appease the ultra-conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education who are seeking to re-write history to reflect a far-right ideology.
As a teacher, I know that the purpose of education is to help children to think for themselves by presenting them with many points of view. Apparently the Texas method is to present one version of “the truth.” This is indoctrination, not education.
Please take action now!
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