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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:16 PM
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Still not sure where the Texas State Board of Education is going with the social studies curriculum
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McLeroy Has Trouble Explaining
By Dan

Still not sure where the Texas State Board of Education is going with the social studies curriculum standards? Then listening to a radio discussion with board member Don McLeroy from last week might help.

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McLeroy spoke about the biblical principles he sees at work in Americas founding and focused on the Declaration of Independence. And it was clear that he hasnt given up his obsession with attacking evolutionary science:


The way I would look at it is the fact that the principles which our country is founded are easily seen in the Declaration of Independence. In the beginning, second paragraph, it says, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, (that) they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. As you look at those principles that are involved there, they state there is truth, theres God, and that were creatures. Now, they very carefully avoided biblical language. Im not saying that they were trying to make this a biblical nation or any thing like that, but the principles on which it was founded were biblical. . . . (T)he secularists say there is no truth, there is no God, and that we have just evolved. Thats not whats in the declaration, in the founding document of our country.


When McLeroy got around to addressing the nations governing framework, the Constitution, he offered a rather odd description of the documents intellectual origins. He also has a contradictory view of Americas Founders they wanted a secular nation, but they founded the nation on biblical principles:

In the Constitution we have a separation of powers. The different branches of government, that came from the Enlightenment philosophers. But where did these guys get the idea? They got the idea from a view of man that is a biblical view of man. So when I talk about it founded on biblical principles, Im not saying that they were establishing a Christian state. They wanted to establish a secular state. But that secular state is founded off of, uh, biblical principles.


McLeroy defended dropping Thomas Jefferson from a world history standard requiring students to study the influence of Enlightenment thinkers on political revolutions from 1750 to the present. Fellow board member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, offered the motion to delete Jefferson and has suggested that he was not germane to the original standard. McLeroy provides a similarly half-baked excuse:

(T)he standard was talking about other Enlightenment philosophers and people that had a foundation on the revolutions, and so thats why . Jefferson was like another generation of people writing, so that standard he was taken out of didnt fit as well because he, you know, came hundreds of years or so later than the other philosophers or more of the people mentioned in that standard. Thats why he got stricken from that.


Jefferson lived hundreds of years after others listed in the original standard? Actually, no. Jefferson lived from 1743 to 1826. Three of the five other men listed in the original standard died during Jeffersons lifetime, and two died well under a century before Jeffersons birth: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), John Locke (1632-1704), Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755), Voltaire (1694-1778) and Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).

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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:19 PM
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The Genealogist Donating Member (495 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:34 PM
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2. McLeroy clearly has no idea about historical reality
And he is on a board that decides what textbooks are to be used? "he, you know, came hundreds of years or so later than the other philosophers." Like, fer sure dude! Like, totally gnarly! Surely, surely, there are people in Texas who are protesting this propaganda ploy with every ounce of their being. Hopefully, if nothing else, and it comes to fruition, this nonsense will be thrown out by the American judicial system.
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Loki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:45 PM
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3. Mr. McLeroy is just putting what is left of the Texas Public Education system
in the shitter where it belongs. If you expect your children to get a good, sound, fact-based education here, think again. Any company and any prospective employee who has children better think twice before accepting a job or thinking about moving a company here. Look at the statistics about where Texas stands in comparison with the other states. Just a few years ago, we were just above Mississippi and Alabama in educational standards. They can't even mention the word "condom" in sex education. I have one left in high school, thank god he doesn't want to go to college in this state.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:46 PM
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4. Here's my question: California, not Texas, has the largest population in the country.
Why the fuck is Texas setting the standards for textbook content will all this irredeemable bullshit? :shrug:
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:37 PM
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5. Hell, it seems.
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