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Virginia Should “Take Aim At New Texas Standards” As Well

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This is a great idea that Virginia should adopt as well.

…A new bill introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) seeks to ensure that none of the Texas standards are allowed to be used in California in any fashion.

Under Yee’s bill, SB1451, the California Board of Education would be required to look out for any of the Texas content as part of its standard practice of reviewing public school textbooks. The board must then report any findings to the legislature and to the secretary of education.

Among other lunacy, the new Texas “standards” “say that the McCarthyism of the 1950s was later vindicated — something most historians deny — draw an equivalency between Jefferson Davis’s and Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural addresses, say that international institutions such as the United Nations imperil American sovereignty, and include a long list of Confederate officials about whom students must learn.” As I said, “lunacy.”

So, which delegate(s) and which state senator(s) are going to introduce this legislation in the next Virginia General Assembly session?

  • VADEM

    question is what happens to these kids in Texas when they get out of the K-12 system and go to college and out into the REAL world? Will they figure out just how lacking their education was (especially those who go on to college out of Texas). What about the kids being raised by more liberal parents? What do they do-homeschool, private liberal school, out of state boarding school, move?

    I think this is a nightmare.

    I figure the Kook will get into this somehow like ghost write the legislation himself and then hand it off to another nutjob to put up for legislation. I doubt if it would even get anywhere here.

  • Cashelrock

    We might wish to consider other possible new educational standards coming in the future to Texas.  

    Natural Science

    The earth is flat.  This can be the foundation for everything in Texas science.  

    Economics

    All high school students must demonstrate an understanding that reducing taxes actually creates more revenue for government.  (Virginia will be used as a prominent example.)

    American History

    Students will study that the causes of the Civil War were anything but slavery.  (Whoops!  They already have this one covered.)

    Medical Science

    Bloodletting will be immediately added to all medical school curriculums.  

    Germ theory is just that, a matter of opinion.  Vapors, demonic possession, lack of balance of the elements in one’s body will be added to curriculum as to the cause of disease.

    The evils of vaccination and it’s socialist-inspired basis will be a core part of medical training.

    Intensive seminars each semester of medical school on the evils of Medicare and Medicaid.  Each medical student will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in understanding the barter system of provision of medical care.

  • As someone who has had a son in Virginia public schools for nine years, I want to say that I think the curriculum quite good. Perhaps it is because of the emphasis on Virginia history (which my son will have studied three times by graduating) that helps keep it in check?  Educators in other states have told me that Virginia is considered to have one if the best history programs in the country, and it is often cited as the model for those advocating for stronger emphasis on history in our increasing “back to basics” (ie, reading, writing and ‘rithmatic.)

    It was also my understanding that much if the Texas curriculum removes Thomas Jefferson from history, mostly for not being terribly religious. Somehow, I don’t think that particular cut from the Founding Father line up is in any danger here!!

  • jack russell

    where the materials that the students were given were politically filtered in an attempt to indoctrinate the children.  In the end though the kids turned out to be more cynical about it than the party bosses ever imagined.

    In our case, some state needs to stand up to Texas and not let them call the shots.  I understand that the publishers don’t want the expense of having multiple editions of textbooks, but until some other large state makes a stand on this issue, the Texas loons will get their views spread nationwide.

    I wouldn’t expect Virginia to make this stand however.  There are a lot of rightwing loons here in VA and they might be more than happy with the Texas textbooks.

  • Teddy Goodson

    and I even met McCarthy during all the hullaballoo. Until I met him (and got hugged and kissed, but I was much younger and more enticing then, so don’t get any ideas), I actually put some credence into what he was saying. Once I saw him up close, and heard him, and watched him as he swanned importantly around, bustling with patriotic efficiency, I then realized what a dangerous buffoon he was.

    He caused immeasurable damage to the American system; his witch hunt went along with the established Republican themes of traitorous Democrats, inefficient civil servants, and fear, lots of fear, of a boogeyman out there. Pumpkin papers, Alger Hiss, ugh! And now the Texas conservatives are once again re-writing history to justify their current myths. It really is like the Soviets, who constantly re-wrote history, airbrushing previous heroes out of photos, turning previous favorites into an excuse for deadly witch hunt trials.

    This is one more step down the road to tyranny.

  • dgjudy

    He’s got the education background.

    But he’s also in a sorta red district, and sadly the politics of this could be touchier than they should be.

    I think everyone is right to note that Jefferson has a prominence in Va. that would not allow a TX-style disposal of TJ down the memory hole.

    But our electorate could be rather susceptible to bulletins from a Ministry of Truth that transformed all the Founding Fathers retrospectively into evangelical Christians and reduced the Establishment Clause to an asterisk.

    Not to mention the Civil War revisionism, which was largely begun by Virginians over a century ago.