Urgent: Texas — Best Chance To Rescue Our Nation’s Children

Sep 14, 2014 by

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Urgent: Texas — Best Chance To Rescue Our Nation’s Children

by Donna Garner

9.14.14

 

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This coming Tuesday through Friday (Sept. 16-19), the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education will be discussing and then voting (First Reading) on the adoption of new Social Studies instructional materials (e.g., textbooks) to make sure they align with the SBOE-adopted TEKS (curriculum standards in Texas).

 

On Friday, the SBOE will vote on a Resolution and then a Proposed Amendment which will require that Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses must reflect the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for K-12. This Resolution is to counter the new AP U. S. History Framework (APUSH) that is being implemented this school year.

 

The following are the very alarming changes which have been made to the new APUSH Framework.  These illustrate that the new APUSH is meant to indoctrinate today’s youth instead of teaching them to respect and revere America as an exceptional nation. 

 

It is these APUSH seeds of discontent that if sown in our students’ minds could well set them up to believe the ISIS and anti-American propaganda that proliferates the Internet.  

 

As adults who love America, it is our responsibility to stand with our elected SBOE members and strongly encourage them to sign the Resolution.

 

It is also our responsibility to contact our other elected officials (e.g., Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas Legislators) and make them understand the seriousness of this threat against our nation by the new APUSH:

 

GONE FROM THE NEW 2014 AP U. S. HISTORY COURSE

 

George Washington (reduced to a 1 sentence fragment about Farewell Address)

 

The study of the Declaration of Independence (reduces to one phrase in one sentence)  – ignores sacrifices signers made who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause of freedom

 

Efforts of U. S. to defeat fascism

 

Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address

 

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Henry Clay

 

Andrew Jackson

 

Sinclair Lewis

 

Jane Addams

 

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Lost Generation authors (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Lewis)

 

John Winthrop’s City on a Hill

 

The Cold War

 

Ben Franklin

 

James Madison

 

Thomas Jefferson

 

Roger Williams

           

American Revolution events such as Bunker Hill, Yorktown

 

WW II major battles such as D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, the Tuskegee Airmen

 

America’s Lend Lease Program (provided over $50 billion in military equipment to help our allies defeat Hitler

 

Boston Tea Party

 

Patrick Henry

 

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The goodness and greatness of America

 

Merits of our 1776 heroes

 

  1. S. founding principles that inspired the movement to abolish slavery

 

Manifest Destiny and its emphasis on spreading democracy and new technologies

 

 

 

NEW 2014 AP U. S. HISTORY COURSE EMPHASIZES:

 

“European exploitation led to native decline and black bondage”

 

White racial superiority

 

Internment of Japanese Americans

 

Dropping of atomic bombs

 

Race and segregation

 

Relentlessly negative view of American history

 

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Excerpts from “My Conversation with the Texas Attorney General’s Office – AP U. S. History Aligned with Common Core” – by Donna Garner — http://www.educationviews.org/conversation-tex-att-generals-office-re-ap-u-s-history/

 

 

I asked Andrea [staffer in the TAG office] to communicate to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that we expect him to enforce his Opinion No. GA-1067 by making it clear that the new AP U. S. History Framework, curriculum, and tests cannot be used in Texas. They are against Texas law.

 

TEXAS’ LAWS – TEXAS EDUCATION CODE (TEC), TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE (TAC), SBOE OPERATING RULES, HB 462

 

Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Ch. 28, Subchapter A, Sec. 28.001. From what I have found, there is nothing in the TEC that says students who take Advanced Placement are exempt from the mandates of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS – the Texas curriculum standards).  On the other hand, it clearly states all Texas public school students (K-12) are to be held accountable to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as stated below:

 

Sec. 28.001.  PURPOSE.  It is the intent of the legislature that the essential knowledge and skills developed by the State Board of Education under this subchapter shall require all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to read, write, compute, problem solve, think critically, apply technology, and communicate across all subject areas.  The essential knowledge and skills shall also prepare and enable all students to continue to learn in postsecondary educational, training, or employment settings.

 

 

(b)  The State Board of Education by rule shall designate subjects constituting a well-balanced curriculum to be offered by a school district that does not offer kindergarten through grade 12.

 

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19 Texas Administrative Code section 66.66(b)(4) — http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=19&pt=2&ch=66&rl=66

 (b) The State Board of Education (SBOE) shall adopt a list of adopted instructional materials in accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.023. Instructional materials may be adopted only if they: …

(4) receive majority vote of the SBOE. However, no instructional material may be adopted that contains content that clearly conflicts with the stated purpose of the TEC, §28.002(h).

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Texas Education Code section 28.002(h) — http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.002

(h) 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.

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State Board of Education, Operating Rules, §2.9. Resolutions (4) (A) (B) (i) (ii) (iii): http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769804094

 

(4) The board may adopt a resolution expressing an opinion related to instructional materials based on the following criteria:

(A) Instructional materials should present the most current factual information accurately and objectively without editorial opinion or bias by the authors. Theories should be clearly distinguished from fact and presented in an objective educational manner.

(B) Instructional materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, understanding of the essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for recognized authority, and respect for individual rights. The materials should not include selections or works that encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law. Violence, if it appears, should be treated in the context of its cause and consequence. It should not appear for reasons of unwholesome excitement or sensationalism.

(i) Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.

(ii) When significant political or social movements in history generate no clear consensus, instructional materials should present balanced and factual treatment of the positions.

(iii) Free enterprise means an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods; investments that are determined by private decision rather than by state control; and prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined in a free market.

 

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Link to HB 462 passed by 83rd Legislative Session — http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB462

 

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To see the SBOE agenda for the meeting (Sept. 16 – 19), please go to:  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/agenda/

 

If you want to testify at either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday meetings, please do so by calling/faxing the Texas Education Agency — (512) 463-9007 (phone) or (512) 936-4319 (FAX).  Registration to testify started today but will continue on Monday, Sept. 15 from 8:00 A. M. to 5:00 P. M.  Testifiers are listed in the order in which they register.

Link to Public Testimony Registrations and Procedures as posted on the Texas Education Agency website — http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769804082

SBOE members’ e-mail address:  SBOESupport@TEA.State.Tx.US

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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    Geoffrey Webster

    Eliminate the U S Dept. Of Education, local control of education is necessary.

  2. Avatar
    BETTYRAY LAWRENCE

    I KNOW THEIR ARE THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE DETERMINED TO DESTROY OUR NATION STATE BY STATE.
    PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN THROUGH OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. DO NOT DESTROY THE MINDS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN OR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS BY LETTING PEOPLE OF NO CHARACTER, MORALITY, OR SENSE OF WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS CHOOSE THE BOOKS OUR CHILDREN WILL STUDY.
    HISTORY IS WHAT IT IS, THAT WHICH HAPPENED IN THE PAST, PRESENT AND A FUTURE WE WISH ALL CITIZENS TO BE PROUD AND SUPPORT.

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