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.

D. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is eliminating
Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from the standards.

FACT: The State Board of Education members have not made any
amendments to delete Cesar Chavez or Thurgood Marshall. The SBOE
actually increased the emphasis placed on these historically
significant individuals.

Both Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall have been made required
elements of the curriculum framework. Students will study the
legacy of these historically significant men in both the elementary
grades and in high school, as Cesar Chavez has been added to Grade
5 American history and Thurgood Marshall has been added to the
Grade 2 standards. Both already are taught in U.S. History Since
1877.

E. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has included
conservative groups in the Social Studies TEKS without listing any
liberal organizations.

FACT: The curriculum standards include historically
significant individuals and groups from a wide array of ethnic,
cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.

For example, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
is required study at two different grade levels. The National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also is
required, as is separate study of founders W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B.
Wells at various grade levels. Other notable leaders such as Anne
Richards, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Jordan also are included.
Students are required to study various social and political
advocacy positions, including organizations that promoted civil
rights for African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians.

Individuals who promoted civil rights, labor rights and women’s
rights also are included, such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony,
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Clarence
Darrow, Martin Luther King Jr, Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall,
Hector P. Garcia, Frances Willard, Jane Addams and Dolores Huerta.
The proposed history standards include diverse individuals and
groups for study at each grade level.

F. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is excluding
Hispanic and African American Medal of Honor recipients.

FACT: The State Board of Education expects students to know
the significant contributions and heroic actions of Medal of Honor
recipients from all backgrounds.

The SBOE added Medal of Honor recipients William Carney and Philip
Bazaar to Grade 8 American history, and added Medal of Honor
recipients Vernon J. Baker and Roy Benavides to the high school
U.S. History course. The social studies curriculum standards
specifically require that students study male and female Medal of
Honor recipients of various racial backgrounds.

G. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has eliminated
Tejanos who fought at the Alamo.

FACT: The Social Studies TEKS include Tejano leaders who
fought at the Alamo .

In Grade 4 Texas history, Tejanos Juan Seguin , Placido Benavides
and Francisco Ruiz are required to be studied as important
participants in the Texas Revolution. Lorenzo de Zavala and Jose
Antonio Navarro, Tejano leaders who died at the Alamo, also are
required figures in Grade 4. In Grade 7 Texas history, students
again study the significant roles played by Tejano leaders Lorenzo
de Zavala and Juan Seguin as they review the events of the Texas
Revolution, the siege of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto .

H. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has removed
capitalism from the standards and substituted it with “free
enterprise system.”

FACT: In Texas , students are required to study economics
with an emphasis on the free-enterprise system and its benefits.
“Free enterprise system” is the terminology used in the TEKS since
1998 to describe the U.S. economic system. The State Board of
Education has voted to retain this term in the social studies
standards. At each grade level starting in Grade 2, however,
information has been added that states: “Students identify the role
of the U.S. free enterprise system within the parameters of this
course and understand that this system may also be referred to as
capitalism or the free market system.” The SBOE will be retaining
the term “free enterprise system” that aligns with state
requirements.

I. FALSE ALLEGATION: Thomas Jefferson has been removed or
downplayed in the Social Studies curriculum framework.

FACT: Only George Washington is emphasized more heavily than
Thomas Jefferson in the social studies standards.

Thomas Jefferson is taught in Grade 5 American history, in Grade 8
American history and in U.S. Government. These are the same grades
where Jefferson and his important legacy have always been taught,
and the State Board of Education has not changed this emphasis. As
the author of the Declaration of Independence , and as a strong
proponent of limited government and states’ rights, Thomas
Jefferson is the type of Founding Father and patriot hero about
whom students should learn more, not less.

J. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has decided we no
longer live in a democracy.

FACT: The United States is a constitutional republic, not a
democracy.

The Pledge of Allegiance correctly identifies our form of
government as a republic, and the State Board of Education members
expect students to recite that pledge and understand its meaning.
This reference to constitutional republic refers to the form of
government our Founding Fathers instituted.

K. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education doesn’t believe
students should learn about separation of church and state or First
Amendment rights

FACT: Students in elementary grades, middle school and high
school will learn about the important freedoms guaranteed by the
U.S. Constitution, as the Bill of Rights is outlined in Grade 5,
Grade 8 and again in U.S. Government.

First Amendment rights are among the most fundamental we share in
this country. Each of these freedoms should be studied, including
the freedom of religion. Constitutional protection of religion was
provided by banning the Federal Government, specifically Congress
from establishing a national religion or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof. A majority of the State Board of Education
members voted against a new amendment to the TEKS because its
wording downplayed the “free exercise” clause. The Founding Fathers
actually encouraged religion, as can be seen in the emphasis given
religion in the Northwest Ordinance which passed the same year the
Constitutional Convention convened to draft the U.S. Constitution.

The Peter Morrison Report
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Comments
  • Teresa May 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    This is very good information you posted. We must continue the good fight to keep conservative values, morality, ethics, and our Christian heritage in the textbooks.

    • mnrobot May 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

      Peter Morrison does very good research. I just pass on the info.

  • Red May 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I forwarded this to a teacher friend in Texas. He says this is the first he’s heard of this. I also sent this to a friend who is very active in her child’s education in Texas. Both are conservatives.

    • mnrobot May 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Good deal Red. Hope it helps them and the SBOE.

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