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    Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Associated Press – Wed Sep 16, 5:23 pm ET

    The conservative-dominated Texas State Board of Education debates changes beginning Thursday to the social studies curriculum of the state's 4.6 million K-12 students, and both conservatives and liberals say the other is attempting to rewrite history...

    Some of the proposed changes in the social studies standards, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, include referring to the United States as a republic instead of a democracy and requiring students to be able to identify prominent conservatives such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly. Some of those behind the proposed changes cast the debate as a way to nudge conservative figures into what they say are liberal-dominated lessons.
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.
    Unfortunately, the entire subject has been thoroughly politicized. I was just thinking about it today after a particularly anti-U.S. lesson. Instead of just telling kids the facts and then using them to present all sides of a historical argument, they point to one interpretation of the facts and say "this is the truth".

    Ultimately, it is the teacher who decides how to teach the subject, and thus the students are at the mercy of their teacher's political views.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    I will write my State Board of Education (Texas) over this.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.
    It has been for a long time.
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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.
    Jeez. Can't believe it tbh

    Education a partisan issue? I suppose some things aren't above politics o.O


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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.
    Too late. It's already happened.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I worry for this country when deciding who should be in history and social study books becomes a partisan issue.
    Why Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Shaffley? As much as I agree with them on most issues, they don't become important enough "figures" for me to be in a social studies class untill AFTER they..well...you know...become "history".

    Also, the US is a republic, and according to research, is reffered to as such in other states. so I don't see how that as an issue.
    Last edited by DarkWizard12; 09-17-09 at 05:50 PM.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    The US is a Republic .


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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Jeez. Can't believe it tbh

    Education a partisan issue? I suppose some things aren't above politics o.O
    Oh yea! it always has been since the beginning of time here. Out of all departments in the Texas State, the education department is probably THE most corrupt. It's foolish for anyone here to believe that the Texas school boards are about "schools", it's all about their personal gain, power and prestige.

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    Re: Must-know figures could change for Texas students

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    The US is a Republic .
    ThisNation.com--Is the United States a democracy?

    anything wrong with that?

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