They claim Thomas Jefferson is not in the standards.
The fact is that Thomas Jefferson is in the Texas Social Studies standards numerous times, including:
- In Grade 5: "Founding Father and Patriot her(o)...Thomas Jefferson..".
- In Grade 8: for "significant individuals that played a role in the American Revolution.....Thomas Jefferson..."
- In U.S. Government (twice) "the contributions of the political philosophies of the Founding Fathers, including...Thomas Jefferson...".
- In World History: Students must “explain the political philosophies of individuals such as…Thomas Jefferson...”
- Moreover, the Declaration of Independence, which Thomas Jefferson authored, is referenced at least 25 times throughout the K-12 Social Studies standards.
They claim that that the term slavery was taken out of the standards.
The fact is slavery is in the standards.
For the correct context of this misleading information, one section of the standards, before it was changed on Thursday, said this:
“explain reasons for the development of the plantation system, the Atlantic triangular growth of the slave trade, and the spread of slavery; and…”
There were no official objections to this language, by Republicans or Democrats, in January when the initial change was made.
Then, last week the State Board of Education voted 15-0 to change the phrase “Atlantic Triangular Trade” to “Transatlantic Slave Trade”.
Slavery is covered numerous other times throughout the K-12 course.
They claim there are no references to capitalism.
The fact is capitalism is in every grade of social studies standards starting at grade 2.
"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 referenced as capitalism or the free market system."
They claim that minorities and women have been diminished or “whitewashed”.
The fact is the following minorities, women, cases and groups are covered by the social studies standards:
Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr, Sonia Sotomayor, Barack H. Obama, Sandra Day O’Connor, Wallace Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Lorenzo de Zavala, Booker T. Washington, Henry B. Gonzalez, Hector P. Garcia, Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr., Jose Antonio Navarro, Hillary Clinton, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, W.E. B. Dubois, Irma Rangel, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Ochoa, Harriet Tubman, Roy Benavides, John”Danny” Olivas, Carmen Loma Garza, Vernon J. Baker, George Washington Carver, many others.
Landmark cases covered:
Brown v. Bd of Education, Sweat v. Painter, Hernandez v. Texas, Edgewood I.S.D. v. Kirby, Mendez v. Westminster, Roe v. Wade
Juan N. Seguin, Lorenzo de Zavala, and Jose Antonio Navarro are covered, including the significant contributions of Tejanos such as Juan N. Seguín, Plácido Benavides, and Jose Francisco Ruiz during the time period of the Texas Revolution, The Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States. Standards also include the following Tejanos who died at the Alamo, Juan Antonio Badillo and Carlos Espalier.
Groups: LULAC, NAACP.
If we Texans don't know by now what a lot of louts and clods we are, we'll surely know it once the national intelligentsia get through raking us over the coals for our state education board's vote last week to primitivize our schools and debase young minds. That's assuming our leaders of thought ever do get through with that holy mission.
They may not. The State Board of Education's offense is great -- namely, restoring to notice in Texas textbooks, to a certain eminence even, quaint ideas about federalism and the religious viewpoint of the American founders.
A liberal Democratic board member who voted against the standard is "ashamed of what we have done to the students and teachers of this state." That should give you some idea of the infamy we have incurred.
While Democrats (and a few liberal Republicans) may have scored a few points in the court of public opinion during the curriculum-setting process, their reaction could easily backfire on them, given the emerging political landscape.
Even though former SBOE chairman Don McLeroy was defeated in the GOP primary, the electorate as a whole is trending conservative — especially with the triumph of Tea Party-backed conservatives over moderates in recent primaries.
With the Obama Administration now involved (via Duncan’s comment), and the American Civil Liberties Union throwing around what weight it might have to discredit SBOE conservatives, any Republican who dares to take away power from the SBOE will be perceived as collaborating with the Obama Administration and the ACLU.