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  Tragical History Sewer

New Texas Textbooks Love The Confederacy (And Their Sisters) So Much

This is not an actual Texas schoolbook. This illustration has been chosen for its humorous hyperbole. Please complain on Facebook about this illustration.
Hey, just in time for the post-4th-of-July reminders that school starts up again far too soon, comes this Washington Post story about the brand new history books that will be hitting Texas classrooms in the fall. As we’ve noted previously, the Texas Board of Education adopted some fun new history standards in 2010, and the final products of all that hard work to ensure that children know that Moses wrote the Constitution are finally on the way! We can hardly wait to get our hands on a copy! Read more on New Texas Textbooks Love The Confederacy (And Their Sisters) So Much…
  'Don't Know Much About History' Now Official Policy

Texas Gets The Moses-Wrote-The-Constitution Textbooks It Deserves

As far as we can tell, this guy is completely serious.
Image by David Dees You may recall that back in September, we told you about some of the fascinating textbooks being written to conform to Texas’s cool new history standards, which the conservative Fordham Institute called “a confusing, unteachable hodgepodge.” The textbooks had a lot of interesting takes on American history, like how the founding fathers were inspired by Moses, because a “nation needs a written code of behavior.” Never mind that the Ten Commandments are about individual moral behavior, while the Constitution is largely about voting and representation and stuff, and the Bill of Rights is mostly about restrictions on government power to compel behavior. Moses done it. Read more on Texas Gets The Moses-Wrote-The-Constitution Textbooks It Deserves…
  The Master's A Tool

Massachusetts Parents Freaked Out By Textbook That Says Not All Slaves Were Tortured

Remember how the Teaheads in Chandler Gilbert (Dok’s geographic aphasia strikes again), Arizona, are on the cusp of murdering some biology textbooks because the books say that abortion is a thing that exists? Well, it’s time for a big ol’ “Both Sides Do It!” jamboree, because in Brookline, Massachusetts, some parents are simply livid about a passage in a 5th-grade American History text that says — and we hope you are sitting down — that not every slave back in slavery times was horribly mistreated. A local teevee report explains that after parents complained to the local school board, the district announced the book, published in 2001, would be phased out at the end of the year; in the meantime, according to a letter sent to parents, it will not be used in history classes, but rather, the passage will be used to “question the authority of a published book.” Read more on Massachusetts Parents Freaked Out By Textbook That Says Not All Slaves Were Tortured…
  Climate Of Distrust

Texas Texbooks Gonna Jesus Away All The Global Warming

Actual image from a fundie website
We told you a while back about some of the fun distortions of American history that have made it into textbooks written to Texas’s terrible history standards, but history isn’t the only subject that goes off into rightwing fantasyland in Texas textbooks. The Washington Post brings us this review by Josh Rosenau, from the National Center for Science Education, who looks at how some of the books submitted for the Texas Board of Education’s approval cover climate change. You may be astonished to learn that they aren’t always the most accurate, science-wise! (Which is to say if you’re actually astonished, you know nothing about Texas, or politics.) Read more on Texas Texbooks Gonna Jesus Away All The Global Warming…
  These Textbooks Sound Awfully Familiar

New Texas Schoolbooks: Moses Wrote The Constitution For Slavery, Segregation

It is a right, actually. Not an excuse, however.
Well here’s a heck of a surprise! You may remember how Texas re-wrote its standards for history books back in 2010, to make sure that kids learned the important parts of history, like who Phyllis Schlafly is and how the Constitution was inspired by the Bible, while downplaying the importance of that nasty deist Thomas Jefferson. The standards adopted by the State Board of Education were so awful that the conservative Fordham Institute called them “a confusing, unteachable hodgepodge” and criticized the SBOE for its “blatant politicizing” of history — especially in its approach to the role of religion: Read more on New Texas Schoolbooks: Moses Wrote The Constitution For Slavery, Segregation…
  sects fiend

Victoria Jackson Freaks Out Over Tiny Cartoony Genitals

Oh, boy, campers, looks like V-Jack is on a tear again! This time, she has discovered that there are a lot of books in public schools that she disagrees with! Just try and decipher this paragraph, which is not from a public school textbook, but from the blog of Victoria Jackson, which is a woman, that, wants to fix the schools so they are, better and more good, too: The current textbooks being used in public schools today, that your children are reading, memorizing and being tested on, are inaccurate, revisionist, anti-American, racist, climate change propaganda based on fake science, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, pro-Islam, Marxist, globalist, pro-Socialism/Communism, pro-homosexuality, pro-abortion, and sexually explicit. Below is a list of examples and… who wrote the Pearson Publishing textbooks, that TN schools are now using. (Related story, as of Dec. 2013, Pearson Foundation fined millions for violating laws. Story here.) That sure was a cogent argument for why children need a better education than Victoria Jackson received, wouldn’t you all agree? Read more on Victoria Jackson Freaks Out Over Tiny Cartoony Genitals…
  just say no to science

Pals Of Oil & Gas Industry Will Rescue Texas Kids From Lies Of Environmental Science Textbooks, As Soon As They Find Some

Hey, Science fans! Now that you’ve had a couple days to enjoy that little sigh of relief over that fired Ohio creationist “science” teacher who won’t be reinstated, here’s a new thing to worry about: After another round of State Board of Education textbook hearings in Texas, there’s some good news — looks like biology texts survived challenges from creationists — and some awful news. At the last minute, the Board accepted testimony from Becky Berger, a self-identified “geologist and oil and gas professional,” who attacked the only environmental science textbook up for consideration. According to education watchdog Texas Freedom Network (TFN), Berger “insisted that high schools shouldn’t even teach environmental science classes,” and also claimed that the book up for adoption “is filled with factual errors” on topics like hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Just one teensy problem: [Berger] provided no actual written documentation to back up her claims. None. In fact, she didn’t even provide a list of the alleged errors so that the publisher could respond to her claims. (emphasis in original) OK, but when has “evidence” ever mattered in the Texas educational system, especially for a completely subjective area like the teaching of science? After all, this is a state where the 2012 Republican party platform opposed teaching critical thinking. Read more on Pals Of Oil & Gas Industry Will Rescue Texas Kids From Lies Of Environmental Science Textbooks, As Soon As They Find Some…
  the worst minds of our generation

Hero Pennsylvania School Board Will Save Kids From Multiculti Literature, Like The Kind That Bombed Boston

Three members of Murrysville, Pennsylvania’s Franklin Regional School Board are Very Concerned about the potentially damaging contents of high school literature textbooks. Board members Larry Borland, Dennis Pavlik and Jane Tower made the case for inclusion of a new School Board category in Wonkette’s coveted Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year Award by objecting to…well, bad things, we’re sure! Really bad, anti-American things in the textbooks, which the three considered biased and maybe missing important reminders about how America Is Always Best. After all, how can high school students ever love freedom if they aren’t told what to think? Read more on Hero Pennsylvania School Board Will Save Kids From Multiculti Literature, Like The Kind That Bombed Boston…
  Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are DEVO

Equivalencies: NOLA School District Embraces Evolution; Tenn. Preacher Says It Caused School Shootings

In the one step forward, one step back department, we have the heartening news that the school board for Orleans Parish, Louisiana, has voted to explicitly bar schools from teaching creationism or adopting “revisionist” history standards. On the other hand, a Tennessee pastor told his church last Sunday that mass shootings are the inevitable result of “government schools” which are nothing more than “mind-control centers” teaching little more than “junk about evolution” and “how to be a homo.” Still, the pastor is not (yet) running a school district, so maybe America came out slightly ahead on this one. Read more on Equivalencies: NOLA School District Embraces Evolution; Tenn. Preacher Says It Caused School Shootings…
  california dreams

California Will Also Teach Gay History Instead of Just American Wars

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 48 into law yesterday, which means that California schools must somehow squeeze gay history into its schools’ curriculum, which up until this point have followed the standard formula of 97% white men kicking ass, 2% Martin Luther King, Jr. and 1% bad things happening to America that encourage white men to kick additional ass. The Governor says he did this because he wants to teach students the “broad diversity of the human experience,” which honest, God-fearing people know is heathen-speak for MOLEST ALL THE CHILDRENZ. Read more on California Will Also Teach Gay History Instead of Just American Wars…
  history is written by the idiots

Texas School Children Tired Of Reading ‘Pro-Islamic’ Textbooks All Day Long

Isn’t it amazing how quickly Al-Qaeda has been able to infiltrate the Texas public education system and impose its radical Islam stuff on America’s impressionable young people? Yes, it is! Just flip through one of these so-called history books and you will soon realize that only one or two chapters are about never forgetting about 9/11. This is what academics refer to as a “Pro-Islamic bias,” which by definition means “fewer facts and figures about Jesus and his many good deeds.” Thank goodness all the sad, self-loathing Texas PTA moms decided to do the right thing and hold Social Studies Hearings, so that the Pro-Islamic Bias in elementary school would finally be exposed. Read more on Texas School Children Tired Of Reading ‘Pro-Islamic’ Textbooks All Day Long…
 

. . . But Sadly, the Replacement Poem Spells Out ‘Douglas Feith’

Apparently, the Pakistani education system has hit upon a stunning new refinement of Hooked-on-Phonics. The BBC reports that an English textbook intended for 16-year-old high school students features a poem arranged so that the first letter of each line vertically spells out “President George W. Bush.” After a public outcry, the poem has been deleted. But some of its more stirring couplets include: Read more on . . . But Sadly, the Replacement Poem Spells Out ‘Douglas Feith’…