Thursday, March 04, 2010
Some good news:
TPM (14 Jan 2010
When we last checked in on the U.S. history textbooks standards setting process down in Texas, the conservative-dominated State Board of Education was mulling one-sided requirements to teach high school students about Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Moral Majority.
Now, in the home stretch of a process that will set the state's nationally influential standards, a liberal watchdog group is worried that the State Board of Education will try to push through changes to claim that communist-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy has been vindicated by history, among other right-wing pet issues.
The Republican-dominated board is meeting today in Austin to vote on amendments to the current draft standards. (...)
If such an amendment is proposed, [expect] it to come from outspoken conservative board member Don McLeroy, who has been talking up the idea. In a note to curriculum writers last fall, McLeroy encouraged them to "read the latest on McCarthy -- he was basically vindicated."
Dallas Morning News (3 March 2010
Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff narrowly beat veteran State Board of Education member Don McLeroy in the GOP primary for the board seat that represents Collin County and much of Northeast Texas.
The fiercely contested race pitted McLeroy, a dentist from College Station and member of the board’s social conservative bloc, against Ratliff, a legislative consultant and son of former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff. (...)
With critical board decisions looming in the future about such volatile issues as coverage of evolution in new science textbooks and which political figures are included in new history books, Ratliff and McLeroy offered sharply different views about how they would make those decisions.
The bad news is that this country is always on the edge of crazy.
higher level of crzyness..
not like that u captioned;)
Well, everyone involved in the culture wars or political races prefers it that way, don't they? If it was clear who was going to win an argument, the supporters on both sides wouldn't bother giving time or money (whether because their cause was a sure winner or because it's hopeless.) The only way to keep the warriors well funded is to make the rubes think there's always a chance that the wrong side is going to win unless they DONATE NOW!
Of course McCarthy was vindicated; by that noted historical scholar Ann Coulter. If she's right, it's a shame he did such a good job of rooting the dirty commies out of our government. Otherwise we would have universal health care.
The 2010 election was a shattering rejection of the Left, its ideology, and its governing policies. But the responsibility now lies with the newly-elected officials across the country, and their supporters, to come through with solution-oriented leadership.