Bringing Balance to Education

May 22, 2010 at 15:02 (Constitution/Constitutional Issues, Education, History, Media, News, Philosophy, Politics, Society)

That’s what they’re doing. And that’s all they are doing. I have read the actual curriculum online and there is nothing at all wrong with it. Is it bad to dedicate a week to studying the Constitution and Declaration? Is it bad to learn that there were more presidents in the 20th century than JFK? Is it bad to learn that prohibition of a state sponsored religion doesn’t mean that government must treat religion (actually in practice only Christianity) as some disease that must be prevented? Is it bad to mention that the founders went to church? That they prayed? That they themselves said that our form of government would work only as long as society was a virtuous and religious one? Is it wrong to de-emphasize the tribalism and group politics promoted by the left and emphasize the unity that is the United States of America?

We are indeed moving right. The only reason it looks so radical is that the leftward march has become the new normal. Any progress back to sanity is viewed as outrageous and radical.

This is making news because the libs want it to. They want to make it a big deal because they want to make their own liberal national standards. They want the federal government to control what out children learn and what they think. If anyone wants to protest a dangerous idea, protest that one.

The Texas State Board of Education today approved controversial new standards for its social studies curriculum that could affect what students across the country study in their classes.
Texas State board of education will vote on changes to history curriculum.

The 15-member board dominated by conservative Republicans rejected calls for a delay and voted 9-5 to establish new standards for textbooks and teaching history, economics and other civics classes that will take effect in August 2011.

The new standards call for a greater focus on the Biblical and Christian traditions of the founding fathers. It also calls for the teaching of free market principles, how government taxation and regulation can serve as restrictions to private enterprise, and emphasizes the achievements of Republican leaders , including former President Ronald Reagan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The new curriculum also states that the system of the U.S. government be called a “Constitutional Republic” rather than a “Democratic society.” Additionally, it inserts a “Celebrate Freedom Week” during which Texas students will study the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s imperative that our children be taught the original direction of our country,” board member and former chair Don McLeroy, who was voted out of office earlier this year, told ABC News. “And I think you tie that in with the concept of American exceptionalism that we’ve added to the standards. I think that it’s important to understand why America is such a wonderful place.”

McLeroy wrote in an op-ed in USA Today last month that the standards “challenge the powerful ideology of the left,” whose “principles are diametrically opposed to our founding principles.” But the self-described “Christian fundamentalist” argues that the board, which appointed a panel of experts last year to make recommendations, has not overreached on the ideological front.

“All we’re doing is we’re completing the story. We’re restoring the balance,” he said. “I think we’re swinging to the middle.”

Critics charge that the standards are a blatant attempt to insert an ideological and political agenda into Texas classrooms.

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