Saturday, March 13, 2010

So now we just don't buy any textbooks from Texas?

What on earth do they think they're accomplishing? Rewriting history? ... Don't answer that.
Conservative Bloc Prevails In Latest TX Textbooks Standards Vote

Another vote, another win for the conservative majority on Texas' State Board of Education.

The 11-4 vote today on the latest draft of Texas' high school history standards comes as the story has blown up, attracting intense media coverage from national outlets including the New York Times and Fox News, which reported live from Austin all week.

"In all honesty, it was a debacle for public education," says Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a liberal watchdog that tracks the board.

8 comments:

Ali said...

stuff like this makes me think you really are doomed.

:(

ellroon said...

That's why I collect books...

Shades of Fahrenheit 451....

Steve Bates said...

The problem is that Texas dominates demand for textbooks: the sum they spend annually is staggering, overwhelming demand from many other states put together. Whatever Texas wants, Texas gets, and other states may either buy copies of those same books or go suck lemons. That worked, sort of, when Texas had an actual educational system. No longer. As I noted a while back on the YSS, my Dad, that old fighter for accurate science textbooks 40-50 years ago in front of a board beset from OUTSIDE by radical religious fundamentalists, just turned over in his urn... I heard him.

ellroon said...

Your loving memoirs of your dad have told of his wonderful qualities. I hope he'll stop rotating in his urn so fast after Obama fixes No Child's Behind or whatever it's called...

Hopefully our school districts will be paying attention to the crap being put into textbooks and not order new books until they are re-edited. This is something parents should REALLY get indignant about.

Can you believe they dumped Thomas Jefferson?

Dusty Crickets said...

"...They will read about religious icon John Calvin instead of Thomas Jefferson...."

Heh....That's the same John Calvin who pinned this little nugget....


"I will content myself with briefly mentioning this, as far as the sense of shame allows to discuss it. It is a horrible thing to pour out seed besides the intercourse of man and woman. Deliberately avoiding the intercourse, so that the seed drops on the ground, is doubly horrible. For this means that one quenches the hope of his family, and kills the son, which could be expected, before he is born. This wickedness is now as severely as is possible condemned by the Spirit, through Moses, that Onan, as it were, through a violent and untimely birth, tore away the seed of his brother out the womb, and as cruel as shamefully was thrown on the earth. Moreover he thus has, as much as was in his power, tried to destroy a part of the human race. When a woman in some way drives away the seed out the womb, through aids, then this is rightly seen as an unforgivable crime. Onan was guilty of a similar crime, by defiling the earth with his seed, so that Tamar would not receive a future inheritor."
http://contraskeptic.blogspot.com/2007/01/calvin-contraception-kills-son.html


Wasn't this the inspiration for Monty Python's "Every Sperm is Sacred" sketch.?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk

Gen.JC Christian, patriot has also been active on this topic....

"January 20, 2008 is a day that will live forever in the hearts of Americans, for it is the day the Mile Huckabee Center for the Liberation and Housing of Spermatazoan-Americans opened it's doors for the first time in the Pini Region of Second Life"

http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/2008/01/mike-huckabee-center-for-liberation-and.html

Dusty Crickets said...

That should have read "penned"....sheeesh.

ellroon said...

(Pinned seemed more to the point!)

I've used the Monty Python sketch several times in my rants. Humor is better than screaming in rage.

I had no idea Calvin was such a prick. Thanks for the very descriptive quote.

ellroon said...

Made a post of your Calvin quote, thanks!