Momentous SBOE Votes – Patriotism Protected for America’s Students
“Momentous SBOE Votes – Patriotism Protected for America’s Students”
by Donna Garner
Because of the courage of a majority of the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), a blow has been struck at the College Board for revising American history “downwards.”
Texas has decided that the curriculum standards adopted by the elected members of the SBOE will prevail and that the College Board (a private entity that is totally aligned now with the Common Core) will not be allowed to dictate its biased and revisionist curriculum to Texas students.
The free enterprise system and American exceptionalism will prevail in Texas, and many other states are expected to follow Texas’ example.
To learn more, please listen to these fascinating videos of Larry Krieger and Alice Linahan as they testified before the SBOE. I have posted further on down the page several links to recent articles; the final version of both the Proposed Amendment and the Resolution; and the official SBOE voting records on both of these action items.
VIDEO: Larry Krieger testified in favor of the Resolution against the new AP U. S. History Framework. — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOb1PJVTqJM&list=UUgzhBnWlX2Mz_Pd-d_GqoXQ
VIDEO: Segment #1 — Alice Linahan testifying at SBOE meeting against APUSH — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2XKU07ujhY&index=5&list=UUgzhBnWlX2Mz_Pd-d_GqoXQ
VIDEO: Segment #2 – Alice Linahan testifying at SBOE meeting against APUSH – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuPtrpMabDo&index=4&list=UUgzhBnWlX2Mz_Pd-d_GqoXQ
VIDEO: Segment #3 – Alice Linahan testifying at SBOE meeting against APUSH — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psvmo6fb2K0&index=3&list=UUgzhBnWlX2Mz_Pd-d_GqoXQ
VIDEO: Segment #4 – Alice Linahan testifying at SBOE meeting against APUSH — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLyswrHhjyI&index=2&list=UUgzhBnWlX2Mz_Pd-d_GqoXQ
9.20.14 – “Texas State Board Passes Resolution To Stop Redesigned AP U. S. History” —
by Merrill Hope – Breitbart Texas — http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/09/20/Texas-State-Education-Board-Passes-Resolution-to-Stop-Redesigned-AP-US-History-APUSH/
9.18.14 – “SBOE Passes Amendment To Ensure TEKS Are Taught to Texas AP High School Students” — by Merrill Hope – Breitbart Texas — http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/09/18/SBOE-Passes-Amendment-To-Ensure-TEKS-Are-Taught-To-Texas-AP-High-School-Students
The Resolution passed on 9.19.14 by the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education – This is meant as an admonishment to the College Board:
R E S O L U T I O N
WHEREAS the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is in no way attempting to restrict access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses in public schools; and
WHEREAS the purpose of College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and advanced high school courses is to develop key cognitive skills that include intellectual curiosity, the ability to analyze conflicting points of view, the capability to construct arguments based on valid evidence, and effective problem-solving strategies; and
WHEREAS the omission of multiple points of view within the scope of any curriculum framework undermines the basic tenets of our society and education system; and
WHEREAS the Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 28.002(h) states: “The State Board of Education and each school district shall foster the continuation of the tradition of teaching United States and Texas history and the free enterprise system in regular subject matter and in reading courses and in the adoption of instructional materials. A primary purpose of the public school curriculum is to prepare thoughtful, active citizens who understand the importance of patriotism and can function productively in a free enterprise society with appreciation for the basic democratic values of our state and national heritage.”; and
WHEREAS almost 500,000 U.S. students, including approximately 46,000 in Texas, take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course each year, which may be the final and only U.S. History class for these high school students; and
WHEREAS in 2013, $16 million in tuition was saved by those Texas students who attained the required level of achievement on the APUSH exam; and
WHEREAS the SBOE is elected by the citizens of Texas and empowered by statute to establish courses of study and has rulemaking authority related to the AP coursework and to the use of the AP exam in performance acknowledgements; and
WHEREAS traditionally APUSH has presented a more balanced view of American history in concert with CCRS; and
WHEREAS the College Board, a private, non-elected organization, recently released the APUSH Curriculum Framework that moved away from a balanced approach with regard to many important events in American history; and
WHEREAS the Framework reflects a view of American history that is critical of American exceptionalism, the free enterprise system, and emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while minimizing positive aspects; and
WHEREAS Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States is recommended as supplementary material in the four model syllabi originally presented at the APUSH 2014 Summer Institute and online; and
WHEREAS the Framework omits discussion of various critical topics, including the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence, constitutional principles, significant religious influences, military history, commanders and heroes, as well as individuals who have traditionally been part of APUSH; and
WHEREAS the College Board describes the Framework and its learning objectives as the “required knowledge” for measuring student mastery of APUSH, thereby minimizing the teaching of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) mandated by the SBOE for high school graduation and necessary for college and career readiness; and
WHEREAS, in light of the foregoing and in response to the efforts of Texas citizens, parents, educators, and members of the SBOE, the College Board has indicated that it will take remedial action, including the following:
- Reformatting the requirements so that teachers are encouraged to use local content and the TEKS in teaching the APUSH course,
- Creating and maintaining a vehicle by which public comments and input may be provided, said vehicle also to include a compilation of comments and a response to same by the College Board,
- Reducing the emphasis on Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, and
- Increasing the amount of resources available to teachers so as to clarify that alternative perspectives are encouraged, so long as they are supported by historical evidence;
THEREFORE, be it
RESOLVED, That the SBOE strongly recommends that the College Board revise the APUSH Framework so that it is consistent both with the course’s traditional mission and with the shared purpose of the CCRS, the TEKS and the Texas Education Code; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the SBOE respectfully requests that the College Board revise the key concepts of the APUSH Framework and examination in a transparent manner that accurately reflects U.S. history without an ideological bias and that restores and encourages flexibility to states, school districts and teachers in how to teach the course; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the SBOE will diligently monitor the proposed actions of the College Board to ensure that the remedial measures set out above are implemented in an effective and meaningful manner; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That upon approval of this resolution the Texas State Board of Education shall deliver a copy to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House.
WITNESS our signatures this nineteenth day of September, two thousand and fourteen, in Austin, Texas.
VOTED “NO” ON RESOLUTION
Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.
Martha M. Dominguez
Marisa B. Perez
VOTED “YES” ON RESOLUTION
ABSENT FOR THE VOTE
Ruben Cortez, Jr.
VOTED “NO” ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
Ruben Cortez, Jr.
Martha M. Dominguez
VOTED “YES” ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
Marisa B. Perez
Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.
Wording of Proposed Amendment:
“To approve for first reading and filing authorization the proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 113 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, Subchapter D, Other Social Studies Courses, so as to require that AP and IP social studies courses address the TEKS, as applicable, specifically as set out in Attachment II (on p. I-43 of agenda).”
List of SBOE members and their districts: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147506719