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Texas wants your children to grow up ignorant
Texas publishes more text books than anyone. Schools across America use what they decide to publish as "history" and social science.
One would think that authors and educators who write these books would have high standards for accuracy and facts. You would be wrong!
The board that decides what goes in text books is controled by a right with religious fenatic who's goal appears to be to indoctrinate a generation of children to a specific and ignorant point of view. Texas seems to be at the forefront of censorship and revisionist propaganda creeping into our children's education. They have tried and in some cases succeed to re-write history. They tried to re-write biology and health sciences to conform to, not actual facts, but to religious points of view held for a milenia before we even knew germs existed.
According to the new Texas version of US History, Slavery did not exist. It is now to be called "Triangular Trade"...what the hell is that?
Here are some interesting articles:
- GOP platform in Texas officially denounces critical thinking skills in education. ( Don't consider facts, kids, we will tell you what you should think. )
- Dallas News. Texas: where history is made up and facts don't matter
- Texas Board rejects fact checking ! ( in other words, lets make up our own history and ban facts. )
What can we do?
First...write your local Boards of Education and demand that no Texas text books be used in your schools. If enough boards refuse to buy these this is one good example of capitalism becoming a tool for positive change. Stop their cash flow!
Make sure your children know to ask about things being ignored or glossed over. The negatives in our past are facts. Knowledge of those makes for better choices by future leaders.
Make this a viral cause. Post your objections on Facebook, Twitter and all forms of social media. Circulate links to factual history devoid of "religious over tones" or special interest points of view. You can teach your prefered religion but don't allow public schools to force feed someone elses point of view on your children. They deserve the facts to make their own decisions.
These national publishers of text books often just mirror what the Texans choose to sell as "history" write them and demand a higher standard of fact checking and inclusion. Don't let them off the hook if they choose to take the bait to help promote ignorance rather than taking a stand for factual and informative texts for your children.
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