Texas SBOE

UPDATE: The Austin TEA Party has a petition in support of the revisions here.

This in the mailbag today from Peter Morrison concerning the changes proposed to the new Texas schools curriculum. The SBOE has done some fine work and needs Texas conservatives to back up their recommendations. What follows is an explanation of those changes with links to the full texts and a fact sheet spelling out the proposals.

The Peter Morrison Report

It is extremely important that conservatives and patriots from around the state contact the Texas State Board of Education to voice support for the revisions that the SBOE made earlier this year to the Texas social studies textbook standards.

If you can, please take one of the following actions:

1. Sign up to testify before the State Board meeting in Austin.
Wednesday, May 19th will be a full day of public testimony before the SBOE. The signup to testify starts early on Friday, May 14th. Be sure to call the Texas Education Agency early on that morning at 512-463-9581 to make sure you get a spot to testify!

2. Contact the SBOE by sending them an email at sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us and let them know that you support the
revisions that have been made.

Right now, the SBOE is hearing from groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals.  They have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The SBOE has already heard from lots of liberals and liberal groups. They need to hear from conservatives as well!

Please either call 512-463-9581 and get a spot to testify or email the SBOE at:

sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

The information below is from my SBOE representative, Barbara Cargill, one of the conservative members of the SBOE:

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This Fact Sheet clears up much of the misinformation from the media about the K-Grade 12 social studies standards.  Please feel free to share it.  Many of us on the State Board of Education (SBOE) will continue to work diligently for rigorous history standards that teach our children about their rich heritage and emphasize our country’s founding principles.  We want students to learn more about the Founding Fathers and patriot heroes of both our state and nation. Important leaders who were neglected previously have been added to the standards.  These include John Quincy Adams, John Hancock and John Wise.  And we have placed stronger emphasis on key historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Students will learn the liberties and responsibilities guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Here are examples of some of the outstanding standards that have passed so far:

American History:
-The student understands the concept of American exceptionalism.
-Describe how American values are different and unique from those of other nations;
-Describe U. S. citizens as people from numerous places throughout the world, who hold a common bond in standing for certain self-evident truths.
-Discuss the meaning and historical significance of the mottos “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust.”

U.S. Government:
-Analyze selected issues raised by judicial activism and judicial restraint.

Grades 1-3: (with the word “equality” added in Grades 2-3)
-Identify characteristics of good citizenship including truthfulness, respect for others and oneself, responsibility in daily life, and participation in government by educating oneself about the issues, holding public officials to their word, and voting.

Grade 6:
-Understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system.

Grade 8:
-Describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies.

Over the last few months, the SBOE has heard testimony from people representing League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals.  We have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Judeo-Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The final vote is on May 21st.  The conservatives on the SBOE need help from patriots across the state to ensure that the revisions we have made to the standards are upheld.  On Wednesday, May 19th we will have a full day of public testimony.  People from many of the same organizations listed above will be back to speak to the SBOE.
Please use this opportunity to come and address the Board yourself!
Signing up to testify for the May 19th State Board meeting begins on Friday, May 14th.  Please call the Texas Education Agency early at 512-463-9581.

If coming to Austin is not an option, let your voice be heard by e-mailing sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us.
The proposed social studies standards are posted at

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=3643.

Charts that list the historical figures in the social studies standards are posted on that same page for verification of information.  Please take a look at the standards for yourself and do not rely on what the media says.  The Fact Sheet is pasted below for your convenience.

Thank you for your encouraging messages and for your support about this important issue.

For our children,

Barbara Cargill
State Board of Education, District 8
Chair, Committee on Instruction

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State Board of Education
Social Studies TEKS Fact Sheet

A. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is not listening
to educators and experts and as such the SBOE should send the
social studies standards back to the original review committees.

FACT:  The Social Studies TEKS review committees and some
history experts made some revisions that were unsupportable, and
the State Board of Education had to direct changes or vote to
return to the original content.

Christmas, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein,
religious heritage language, Independence Day, Veterans Day and
Christopher Columbus were either removed completely or partially
from several grade levels by the review committees. The State Board
of Education members have assured concerned members of the public
that these historical figures and important concepts were placed
back in the standards where they had been taught for the previous
10 years. This action was based on the urging and feedback from
numerous educators, experts and concerned members of the public.
One “historian” even suggested Alexander Graham Bell and the Texas
Rangers should be removed from Texas social studies standards. This
recommendation was not adopted.

B. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is making
decisions on its own and not listening to educators.

FACT:  Numerous educators urged the State Board of Education
to teach students accurately about the country’s religious heritage
and American Exceptionalism.

The State Board of Education voted to include requirements that
students study about America ‘s religious heritage and American
Exceptionalism.

C. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is deleting
minority figures from the social studies curriculum.

FACT: The proposed Social Studies TEKS include more minority
representation than ever before.

Among the many individuals who have been added to the standards are
Crispus Attucks, Jose Bernardo Guillermo de Lara, Alvar Nunez
Cabeza de Vaca, Wentworth Cheswell, Francisco Coronado, Bernardo de
Galvez, Juan de Onate, Adina de Zavala, Enrique Esparza, W.E.B.
DuBois, Carmen Lomas Garza, Henry B. Gonzalez, Raul A. Gonzalez,
Maria Mitchell, Ellen Ochoa, Jose Antonio Navaro, Irma Rangel, Juan
Seguin, Erasmo Seguin, Phillis Wheatley, Lulu Belle White, Diane
Gonzales Bertrand, Simon Bolivar, Bessie Coleman, Tomie de Paola,
Marcus Garvey, Lydia Mendoza, Kadir Nelson, Danny Olivas, Raymond
Telles and Amado Pena Jr.

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