Texas: Education by Mob Rule

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The other day, the Texas State Board of Education decided to indoctrinate its future residents by  rewriting history in textbooks ala conservative ideology:

One of the republican board members, David Bradley, had this gem to say: “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” saidDavid Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”

Bradley was also responsible for trying to cover up past sins of the U.S.: “He also won approval for an amendment stressing that Germans and Italians as well as Japanese were interned in the United States during World War II, to counter the idea that the internment of Japanese was motivated by racism.”

Cynthia Dunbar was responsible for trying to undermine a well-established tenet of how the United States government is structured by eliminating Thomas Jefferson: “Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”).

David Bradley Cannot Read; therefore, it is curious that he is in charge of a whole state’s education

Please, Mr. Bradley, avail yourself of the text of the first amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

This above text, in our constitution, can be reasonably interpreted(and has been by the Supreme Court) as a statement by its authors that the government should avoid direct involvement in religious manners. Pay up, Mr. Bradley, preferably $1000 to a charity dedicated to improving the reading comprehension of high-ranking education officials. And if someone else will call him out, have him donate $1000 dollars to another charity dedicated to teaching Mr. Bradley history.

Texas: History is Patriotism!

According to the board, the U.S. government’s rounding up of and subsequent internment of Japanese residents was not racist because the U.S. government did the same thing to Germans and Italians.

It is correct that the U.S. government placed both Germans and Italians in internment camps during World War 2, yet not at nearly volume as was done to the Japanese. But it was racist/bigoted because the internment of the Germans, Italians, and Japanese was, for the most part, on account of them being different–be it color of skin or language spoken. Furthermore, even acknowledging the war time threat, the government treated these three groups with little to no due process.  Our government, in its zeal to win the war, trampled upon the basic liberties of many innocent people because of their race. The point of knowing history, such as the internment of the Japanese, is to fully comprehend why it happened so that more prudent decisions can be made in the future. Blind obedience due to “respect” for our nation is an ominous harbinger for the fate of the U.S. and of mankind in general. That is exactly what the board is doing with the mandated inclusion of the “non-racist” motivation explanation behind the Japanese internment.

A quote from Ken Mercer(R) reaffirms Texas’s plummet towards “country pride before truth”. “Together, You and I won huge battles for:…3. Accurate U.S. history that honors our American founders, traditions, and values(a major defeat to political and historical revisionists.”

This is Why the Founders Wrote The Constitution

As most of you know(except if you are a Texas Ed. Boardmember), the constitution calls for the separation of power amongst three branches. 1. Executive 2. Legislative 3. Judiciary.

This  indoctrinating Texas decision was possible because the Texas School Board is made up of elected officials. 8 out of the 15 members have virtually no experience in teaching. Several of them are life long, deeply partisan republicans/conservatives. In essence, a majority of Texans decided, without any consideration of empirical evidence or the concerns for minority preference, the substance of what everyone will be taught.

For example, the democratic minority on the board, who all happen to be black and latino, wanted changes in the curriculum so that students who were black and latino could learn about historical figures that they can relate to. This was shot down by the white republican majority. Does anyone detect something wrong here? A regression of sorts?

The complete denial by the white republican board of minorities’ concerns is startlingly similar to the ugly of which pre-civil rights era U.S. was. Without a proper check in a democratic system, the natural result is for the majority to romp over the minority. This occurs everywhere in the World. This is what just happened in Texas, both on a ethnic and ideological level.

The minority was just crushed by a mob of god-fearing, patriots-at-any-cost Texans. We, as Americans, should be ashamed and should strongly condemn the Texas’s popularly elected education system.

NOTE: Below are excerpted pieces on several of the Texas State Board of Education members:



Barbara Cargill:

proponents of Darwinian evolution say that the theory has no weaknesses.  However 700+ reputable scientists who have signed “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” question major tenets of evolution.  They state, “Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”  In The Origin of Species, Darwin himself wrote, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”

Ken Mercer:

Intro: Family, Faith, Freedom.

Together, You and I won huge battles for:

3. World class science standards that allow students the freedom to ask questions

4. Accurate U.S. history that honors our American founders, traditions, and values(a major defeat to political and historical revisionists.

Terri Leo:

Terri Leo is an active member of the Republican Party and served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas National Nominations Committee in 2004. She has attended every Republican State Convention in Texas since 1984 as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate and chaired the Organization Committee in 2008…She is a charter member of the Cherry Tree Republicans and the Texas Tea Party Republican Women’s Club.

Cynthia Nolan Dunbar:

A conservative Republican, Dunbar has been an active member of the Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club and has served on its board in numerous capacities. Additionally, she has held memberships in the West Fort Bend Republican Club, the Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club and the Fort Bend Republican Club. She has attended Republican State Conventions as both an alternate and a delegate and was honored to attend the National Republican Convention in 1980 as a youth delegate when the party nominated Ronald Reagan for President.

Don McElroy:

One by one, he said, his questions were answered by pastors and in Bible studies. The conversion took four months. Over the next year, he began taking seminars on creationism and biblical principles. He is now a young earth creationist, meaning that he believes God created Earth between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Ken Mercer(R) No experience in teaching. Big government positions under repubs:

Barbara Cargill(R) Teacher by training, dubious training program at a church

Lawrence Allen(D) Educator by training

Terri Leo(R) Educator by training, extremely politically active.

Geraldine Miller(R) Educator by training, does not appear to be too politically active.

Finance

David Bradley(R) Not an Educator by training, businessman.

Rick Agosto(D) Not an educator by training, businessman.

Cynthia Nolan (R) Educator by training, attorney, and heavily politically active.

Gail Lowe(R) Not an educator by training, but has some experience as a volunteer. In 2005, she was named Conservative of the Year by the non-partisan Lampasas County Conservative Club.(Heavily politically active)

Rene Nunez(D) Educator by training, businessman

Bob Craig(R) Not an educator by training. Although not too heavily involved politically, very active in his church.

Mavis Knight(D), some experience in education, active in her church, but no extensive teaching experience.

Mary Helen Berlanga(D) Not an educator by training; an attorney.

Particia Hardy(R). Longtime educator, does not seem to be that politically active.

Don Mcelroy(R). Not an educator by training, dentist, and teacher in a sunday school.

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3 Responses to “Texas: Education by Mob Rule”

  1. Rey Lopez-Calderon Says:

    Dunabr is not really a strict constructionist, as she seems to discard the intent of the founders when it is inconvenient (e.g. Madison was clear in his “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” about what was meant with regard to not establishing a religion).

    That said, I don’t think our jurisprudence is consistent with regard to what “separation of church and state” means. First, off that phrase is not in the constitution, nor is the often cited image of a “wall” between church and state. These are phrases that showed up first in letters of Thomas jefferson, as you allude to, and then in a court case that ironically allowed government remibursements for families who sent their kids to parochial schools (see Everson v. Board of Education).

    The Supremes in modern times have all but demolished the wall between church and stae when it comes to education. Clarence Thomas and Scalia have been particularly destructive in that realm.

    Personally, I think many of the founders were afraid of the compulsory effect of establshed religion on liberty. It’s not that they were godless or even thought the U.S. would not be Christian in some form. But they knew that you can’t trust the government to get entagled in the realm of private spirituality. As the sons of England, they were acutely aware of the danger.

    • bjohns15 Says:

      Ah, Scalia. Given what takes place in nations that have no or little separation of church and state(I’m thinking of Iran, Pakistan; i’ve read both penal codes and it is scary), I cannot fathom why the same people that condemn islamic fundamentalism go and try to do the same thing in the United States with christian fundamentalism. Maybe because history taught in high school, and many times in college, is rubbish?

      In college, I note that many professors(maybe 50%) prefer to inject a narrow partisan view of history instead of allowing students to make their judgement on their own.

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