Texas Needs to Stop Being Stereotypical

In searching for the article relating to the Senate passing a bill that will have far-reaching restraints on the financial sector, I came across this:

Texas apparently thinks that they can just change what kids are taught about history.  They passed a new social studies curriculum.  As the article states, children are now taught:

  1. That the Constitution doesn’t say separation of Church and State.  Which is complete bullshit because it’s written right on the freaking document! How is this constructive?!
  2. To evaluate whether the United Nations undermines U.S. sovereignty.  In other words, they want to discuss whether or not the U.N. undermines the U.S. supreme authority.  Yeah…working together means we can’t be a big bad all-powerful beacon to the world.  Boo hoo.  Because nobody does anything good except America.  Right.
  3. Our government is a “constitutional republic” and not a “democracy.”  Okay, so we’re not a government of the people, with a rule of the majority.  Then, what are we?  “Constitutional Republic” is not in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  Quit making up shit!
  4. Thomas Jefferson was not an influential political philosopher.  No, he just wrote the political philosophies that govern our nation. That’s not influential at all.

I agree with most of the Democrats and educators in this.  This is a politically motivated curriculum, and for all your protesting about how “Democrats have skewed things too far to the Left” (Jesus I really hate those terms) what you’ve done is made your politics the law of education.

Teachers, however are even more right.  What this does is force kids to learn lists of things and takes the focus away from critical thinking even more.  Most colleges are privatized, for the most part anyway.  They have a set of learning completely opposite to the lower schools.  They now require students to take critical thinking classes their freshman year because high schools aren’t doing it!  They’re teaching crap like this instead!  What is wrong with you people?!

Back to what I was looking for: the Senate’s financial reform bill.  Yes, I like the idea.  Right now, I’m waiting to see the final bill that combines the Senate and House versions.  I want to know what measures actually go through.  And I’m pleased that the second of Obama’s major reforms is in motion.  Something had to be done and I’m glad he’s pushing for it to get done.

Adam Zyglis cartoons amuse me.

I’m making you read Leonard Pitts again.  Get used to it.

And that’s all that mattered to me today.  Later Days!

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~ by ladyruby07 on May 22, 2010.

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