Is our children learning?
The Texas Freedom Network, an Austin-based group that monitors the State Board of Education in support of religious and civil liberties, complained about "blatant politicization of social studies curriculum."
"When partisan politicians take a wrecking ball to the work of teachers and scholars, you get a document that looks more like a party platform than a social studies curriculum," said Kathy Miller, president of the group. "The video archive of this week's meeting would be a great primer for parents and lawmakers on how politics is undermining the education of Texas schoolchildren."
Miller's group, in particular, objected to the board:
• Approving an amendment suggesting that 1950s McCarthyism had been justified.
• Adopting a standard that specifically promotes the views of conservative icons, groups or concepts – included by name were Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association -- while ignoring liberal politics and political figures.
• Removing a specific requirement that students learn about the efforts of women and ethnic minorities to gain equal rights, replacing it with vague language about "various groups."
Theism is why we can't have nice things.