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Is there an over-arching vision behind the changes the Texas Board of Education seeks to impose on textbooks?


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The vision they have is a return to a worldview that was prevalent in earlier decades and earlier centuries. They do not respect modern science, teachers, reason, or critical thinking. What do you think concerned citizens around the country can do about these issues? Concerned citizens can comment in newspapers and on blogs, contribute to reasonable candidates for State Board of Education, spread the word among their social networks, and take concerted action to defeat this movement to return to the dark ages.

They can request that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report provide a venue for good candidates to tell their side of the story. The current board makes for good comedy, but we also need to push the idea that there is hope, that the majority of Texans oppose the ridiculous changes these extremists propose to the curriculum and textbooks.

What changes would you try to implement if you were elected to the Texas Board of Education? I would return to a reasonable process that respects the work of the review committees and scholars in the various subject areas. I would also recommend that we develop strict criteria for selection of the experts who comment on review committee recommendations. To whatever extent it is possible, I would explore how to repair the damage done by the current lame duck board.

Actual textbook development and selection will be the responsibility of the next board.

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It needs to step back from partisan battles and stop micromanaging teachers and forcing publishers and schools to adhere to the outdated personal views of an extreme minority faction. How many seats would have to change before the revisions in the curriculum could be reversed? Seven seats of the fifteen-member board are up for election in November Theoretically, it would only take one new reasonable person on the board to shift the balance from extreme right to a moderate middle.

The calculus is somewhat complicated by the fact that some Republicans who are unopposed promise to be more reasonable members of the board. Agosto often voted with the Republicans on social issues.

To assure a solid majority, the key disputed districts that must be won are 5 and 10, which have been gerrymandered to insure that no Democrat represent Austin. My opponent, incumbent Ken Mercer in District 5, has a strong extreme-right network, with which he defeated a moderate Republican opponent in the primaries. Post a Comment. Aside from documenting the movement for Ethnic Studies in Arizona and Texas, I had to do a lot of reading and research for this.

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It took me at least two years to write. I want to thank both Dr. Nolan Cabrera and Dr.


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Korina Jocson for making this possible. Nolan, in particular, challenged me throughout. Aside from documenting the movement for Ethnic Studies in Arizona and Texas, I had to do a lot of reading and research for this.

It took me at least two years to write. I want to thank both Dr.

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Nolan Cabrera and Dr. Korina Jocson for making this possible. Nolan, in particular, challenged me throughout. That's what good friends and colleagues are for.

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