Here is a news rundown of stories on the Texas State Board of Education, who have been planning for a year now to mess up social studies standards for Texas public schools, this week.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, lots of “strong views” expected at Wednesday’s hearing
- Austin American-Statesman details part of the trouble: Officials at the SBOE have hired a couple of radical religious historical revisionists, David Barton and Peter Marshall, and ignored educators, historians and economists in revising the standards; both are ministers with a history of conflict with historians and educators. Both have called for emphasis on their Christian sects’ beliefs in history classes.
- In an opposite-editorial piece in the Houston Chronicle, Karen Nicholson, the president of the non-partisan Texas League of Women Voters, warns that Texas children will suffer under some of the proposed changes, falling behind students in other states.
- In the San Antonio Express, Veronica Flores-Paniagua argues that Texas’s large Hispanic population has been ignored by the SBOE, and that all Texas kids stand to lose on the current trajectory
- Dallas Morning News story on the power of conservatives at the SBOE, and coming elections
- Victoria (Texas) Advocate story saying LULAC thinks Hispanics are slighted in history standards
- Almost off topic: San Antonio Express story on wheelchair-bound kid, Jonathan Stach, who is not allowed to take advanced physics courses by bizarre state standards interpretation
- David Nalle at Blog Critics
- Texas Tribune note on Don McLeroy
- Washington Monthly feature article on the assault on social studies standards by the Texas SBOE
- Texas Education Agency post on the agenda for Wednesday’s SBOE meeting
Get on your horse and warn Texans: The Idiots are coming to get your good schoolbooks: