2010-05-23

Texas' State Board of Education

The Texas State Board of Education is now going to teach kids about slavery. Oops I mean the concept of indentured servants with lifetime contracts:



I'd like to think I'm joking, but eventually this could very well be the case.

Our SBOE passed some new social studies standards to ensure we don't have a "liberal" slant on history. Yeah really.

Some of the changes include:

• Analyze Abraham Lincoln’s ideas about liberty, equality, union and government as contained in his first and second inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address and contrast them with the ideas contained in Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address. (8th grade U.S. History);
• Examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and compare and contrast this to the phrase “separation of church and state.” (Government);
• Explain instances of institutional racism in American society. (Sociology);
• Discuss the solvency of long term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. (U.S. History since 1877).


That's from the Texas Education Agency.

I find it odd we are making a comparison between Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln. Especially since in one speech slavery is mentioned and in the other it isn't. Especially since one was a U.S. President and one was the President of the now defunct Confederacy, which in my personal opinion is a bunch of folks who were traitors to the United States. They wanted to leave the county to uphold their slave based economy. You can pretend all you want the Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was about maintaining a economy based upon free labor. Slaves. Without the slaves, they would have had to pay folks and their economy would not have been as prosperous. I know they gave them free room and board, but let's get real the accommodations weren't all that great and the work conditions were a bit harsh. You know beatings, lynchings, and rape were real possibilities in the slave line of work.

The Founding Fathers did want to protect religious freedom, that's the truth, but this really isn't a Christian nation and the government's concept of separation of Church and State is not a bad thing. America has no official religion. We don't have one because as it is stated:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

It isn't for our government to make decisions on religion, Christian or otherwise.

In explaining institutionalized racism, we really shouldn't sugar coat slavery. America had a slave trade. Calling it the "Atlantic Triangular Trade" dismisses slavery all together. I'm curious what the unintended consequences of Affirmative Action are as well.

In terms of the solvency of "entitlements" like Social Security and Medicare, we should also discuss the solvency of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rabbit will be going to private school, that was already established before this mess, but these actions confirm our decision.

Watering down the wrongs of America, rewriting history, and putting in far right ideals to counterbalance what is perceived to be leftist ideology does nothing to educate our kids. All that is being done is indoctrinating them into a political ideal. Political indoctrination has no place in our schools.