Give Me Liberty, part 4
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April 15th, 2010

Give Me Liberty, part 4

Discussion (11)¬

  1. Karen says:

    You forgot build my own library.

  2. kenecollier says:

    I think this guy would rather burn most books.

  3. ChayaFradle says:

    ACLU sent me a message that Texas is about to order over 45,000 conservatively worded textbooks that leave out Ted Kennedy and put in ultra conservative movements.

    • kenecollier says:

      First, let me say that these people are weasels. Any "conservative" that uses government to advance their religious and personal agendas is embracing a role for government as big as any liberal ever dreamt.
      That being said, these social conservatives' impact on school curriculum this year has been overstated. There's certainly changes designed to serve the conservative agenda including referencing how "democratic-republican government evolved from its beginnings in the Judeo-Christian legal tradition" and how "free enterprise system drives technological innovation" (no mention of contributions government of NASA or the Internet). Kennedy is left out but I can't find any mention of other individual senators.

      The result is going to be that textbook publishers will increasingly work around the demands of the Texas market. In the process, Texans have been embarrassed by this and the far right is losing seats on the State Board of Education because some of the more extreme members have not been elected and more moderate candidates won in the recent Republican primaries.

      • ChayaFradle says:

        Also, Texas is seeking to re-instate paddling.

        • kenecollier says:

          Re-instating? We never stopped paddling.

          Our state executes about as many criminals as the rest of the state combined. Next to that paddling a few students shouldn't be a big surprise.

      • @sugarkat says:

        It's not financially feasible for textbook publishers to create one textbook for the Texan market and a separate one for the rest of the country. This is why Texas's educational policies are so important, because, due to the sizes of the overall market vs. the Texan market, what Texas determines must be included (or not) in a textbook for the entire country. Yet another reason why some people from far-away states are grinding their teeth at the mere sighting of a Lone Star flag. Which is a shame, because Texans have fed me well during every visit to your fine state, and feeding me well is a good way to get me to forgive a heck of a lot.

        • ChayaFradle says:

          Now, if they included the recipe for TEXAS BARBECUE sauce in textbooks, that would be worth it all! hahaha

  4. Bob Rogaski says:

    Obviously you do not understand the Tea Party movement.

    • ChayaFradle says:

      RU in the tea party, Bob? What DO you like about the gov't? ANYthing at all?

    • @sugarkat says:

      Yes, logical thinking does get in the way of understanding the "Tea Partiers." But thank you for boosting the sales numbers for tea in the US. Makes us look so calm and civilized.