Lest you think it gets (politically) boring -- ever -- down in Texas, I'll disabuse you of that notion citing the current battle over the minds of Texas schoolchildren. Like Biblical, Classical and Mythological figures (to be fair to all points of view), the Indoctrinate side has squared off against the Educate side.
“A convergence of political and economic factors has generated a great deal of momentum behind the push for common standards right now,” Swanson added. “But the success of this movement will ultimately hinge on follow-through on key issues like aligning curriculum with the common standards, supporting high-quality instruction, and measuring student performance against the new expectations.”
- it's not enough to not fall behind, a la no child left behind, we need to focus on pushing excellence, not just competence
- Race to the Top will reward states who proffer dramatic updates to curriculum, that way it's not just money heading to some or wealthy districts
- The DNC, current administration and the Race to the Top program are all determined to reach excellence in education, which includes raising our common standards up to international standards and benchmarks
"We know not to mess with Texas. But no one should mess with Texas' books either!
Books offer so much to all of us, especially young people.
Books inspire and teach. They help kids understand their world and how they fit into it.
It's the reason I've written several books for kids and young adults. And it's the reason I'm so disappointed by the State Board of Education's decision to politicize what our kids read and learn in school, like its decision to remove Thomas Jefferson from a social studies curriculum standard.
As governor, Bill would never appoint a Chair of the Board of Education who plays politics with our textbooks and classrooms."