From a TFN e-mail to supporters of our Just Educate campaign this morning:
The Texas Education Agency has finally posted on its website the new social studies curriculum standards for public schools. Click here to read the new standards approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) on May 21 for kindergarten to Grade 5, Grades 6-8 and high school.
In January, March and May, far-right SBOE members made scores of ill-considered and nakedly political changes to initial drafts of the standards written last year by teachers and scholars. For example, the new standards outrageously suggest that separation of church and state isn’t a key principle of the Constitution, downplay the role of slavery in causing the Civil War and promote right-wing paranoia about international cooperation by the United States.
These deeply flawed standards might be official now, but that doesn’t mean the fight to protect the education of Texas schoolchildren from ideological agendas is over. The Texas Freedom Network’s Just Educate campaign is focused on reforming the process for deciding what millions of students learn in their classrooms.
You can help by taking action today!
Let your elected representatives in the Legislature know that you are tired of state board members promoting personal agendas instead of facts and sound scholarship in Texas classrooms. Tell them that you want teachers and scholars, not politicians on the state board, writing curriculum standards and textbooks requirements.
Click here to send an e-mail telling your state representative and state senator today that it is time to reform the State Board of Education and put the education of Texas schoolchildren ahead of political agendas.
TFN will keep you informed about opportunities for you to support the Just Educate campaign.
Read TFN President Kathy Miller’s informative op-ed about the State Board of Education.
Look for TFN’s nonpartisan voter guide later this summer.
Donate to the Texas Freedom Network to support our Just Educate campaign.
Most of all, keep opening our e-mails and taking action!
Reforming the SBOE is more critical now than ever, but it will require a sustained commitment from activists like you. Let’s make sure our message is heard loud and clear. Just Educate! Our kids deserve better. Our future depends on it.