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What Happens in Texas, Won’t Stay in Texas
January 13, 2010, 2:20 pm
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The Texas State Board of Education is preparing to hear testimony prior to voting to accept or reject new social studies curriculum  standards.  I haven’t read their standards, but as you likely already know, there will be rapid debate about what has been included and what hasn’t. People will tally references to historical figures and declare the number  insufficient or excessive. They will throw the terms liberal and conservative around, they will misunderstand historical interpretations, and completely miss the point of the standards altogether.

You can read about it here.

Much of the debate to seems to center around the inclusion or exclusion of references to Christianity. I agree that it would be inappropriate to ignore the role of religion in American History, but it is equally important that students understand that our while our constitutional principles have a Judeo-Christian background, they are also based on philosophies of government espoused by Locke, Montesquieu and even Polybius (200 BCE!!!).  There has been little conversation about what skills are included in this curriculum.

Why do we care about Texas? Because Texas practices state adoption of textbooks. As goes Texas, so go the books. Not that I think we should even be using textbooks, but thats an argument for another day.

In other Texas news (and totally unrelated to SOcial Studies, curriculum or the Board of Education), I’m in my second week of training for the Lonestar Triathlon in Galveston, TX on April 25. I’m very much looking forward to it, and hoping to knock it out of the park. My previous best at this distance is 5:43 and that race had a 90 minute delay at the start (throws off your fueling plan, especially if you already ate your pre-race meal), a rainy bike ride and a mandatory dismount/walk section on the bike course. I’d like to think that with the right weather I’m 5:30. That requires a 33 minute 1.2 mile swim, a 3 hour 56 mile bike split, and 1:50 13. 1 mile run plus transition time. All things I can do, but it seems not on the same day!!

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