Why We Fight

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Check out this alarming interview with Texas State Board of Education member Don McLeroy on the ABC News program Nightline last night. It’s hard to overstate the disaster that is unfolding for the education of Texas schoolchildren — really for schoolchildren across the country, considering the huge influence of Texas in the national textbook market. Fortunately, voters rejected McLeroy’s extremism at the polls earlier this month. Even so, he remains on the board until January. And with the adoption of science and social studies textbooks coming soon, the fight against the rest of the board’s far-right faction will continue far beyond McLeroy’s departure from the scene.

We can’t do it without the support of people like you. Please join us in the fight.

12 Responses to “Why We Fight”

  1. Bill Rubink Says:

    And so it is in politics with our very own Ayatollah, DDS, Don McLeroy. And we wonder why the USA sinks farther and farther behind in Science and Math? You called it , McLeroy.

  2. Ben Says:

    You know, maybe it’s time for the honchos at the textbook publishers to step up and take a stand. We don’t ever hear anything from them. I bet they read this blog, though. I wish they’d have the guts to speak up.

  3. Charles Says:

    It’s not “Why We Fight.” In my neck of the woods, it’s “Whah wee Fot.” Ben and Bill should practice saying it. Go ahead guys.

  4. Yossarian Says:

    “No taxation without representation.”

  5. trog69 Says:

    The comments at the ABC site are what cause me to despair for this country.

  6. jdg Says:

    Now, it looks like these amendments will pass. Let’s assume that textbooks publish incorrect info on evolution and history. Can we, as teachers, sue the SBOE, publishers, and such to remove the wording of the TEKS?

  7. Charles Says:

    Our friend “jdg” brings up an interesting point. Let’s frame that point a little differently so we can see how it stands out in bold geographic relief. Here goes:

    Let’s pretend you live in a Georgia county where the locally-elected school board votes in new changes in the mathematics curriculum for K-12. The curriculum requires the following to be taught from now on:

    2 + 2 =7

    8 x 8 = 43

    The value of pi is 8.14

    A circle is a three-sided polygon

    William Shakespeare invented differential calculus

    Waldo Green invented integral calculus

    There is no such thing as long division.

    A pentagon is round shape measuring 373.7 degrees

    Add about 10,000 similar mathematical errors that are also being taught as truth in the county mathematics classrooms.

    KEY QUESTION: Could the parents or some other entity take the school board to court to stop this nonsense? We have lawyers who visit here from time to time? What is your opinion? Could this be defined as child abuse? Thanks!!!!

  8. Rocket Mike Says:

    I don’t have an inside track to the textbook publishers, but I would think that someone should emphasize to them that Little Lord McLeroy has been voted out. Listening to him and his sycophants about textbook contents would probably be a financial disaster in addition to being an intellectual disaster.

  9. LDM Says:

    This is why we need to get the government out of education.

  10. trog69 Says:

    LDM, would you care to explain who you think should manage our children’s educational needs? Homeschooling, perhaps?

  11. LSA Says:

    Isn’t there a way to stop this legally or legislatively? I am a parent of a school age child and a taxpayer…can’t we sue?

  12. Larry Fleisher Says:

    this is the same problem we had 35 years ago, when living in texas, only then it was twice as bad since so few people thought outside the bible or church. now i have to worry about my grandchildren.

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