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  •  great.... (3+ / 0-)
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    dumbing it down for Texas? This is evidence why, as a Texan, that I have to take the battle to those who would exclude literature or science from my daughter's curriculum.

    I think the omissions in the lit classes are as crucial as the ones in science.

    After taking several readings, I'm surprised to find my mind is still fairly sound. Willie Nelson

    by cactusflinthead on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 07:44:22 AM PDT

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    •  I'm afraid so. (3+ / 0-)
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      The Texas Board of Ed does not set very high standards for your kids, I'm afraid, and there are lobbyists to the board who still think that The Crucible is inappropriate for students due to Witchcraft and Communism (despite the demands of teachers across the state.)

      •  do you have a list? (3+ / 0-)
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        of what is a 'forbidden book' in Texas?
        This sounds like ammunition to me. I cannot tell you how much it pisses me off to hear this.

        After taking several readings, I'm surprised to find my mind is still fairly sound. Willie Nelson

        by cactusflinthead on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 08:15:18 AM PDT

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        •  don't forget to pay close attention to the math (4+ / 0-)
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          curriculum.

          If it's still as behind as it was when I was in (private) school in TX, it dooms many TX kids from pursuing careers in math and science, engineering, etc.

          That was a long time ago - and the curriculum in my school was exceptionally bad (I'm guessing), but it sure left me behind when I left the state for college and life.

          Math is an absolute key subject, and it has to be rigorous throughout.

        •  link to (3+ / 0-)
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          the ACLU's 2007-2008 texas banned books report.  fair warning, it's a pdf file:

          http://www.aclutx.org/...

          Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. -- Edward R. Murrow

          by labwitchy on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 08:44:32 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry, I'm not... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...one of the people personally involved in tangling with the Texas Board of Ed. Which is lucky for me, because those people just plain do not have their shit together. The process they used to approve their new Lit standards didn't exactly auger to the highest standards of public discourse--it reminds me of how the Patriot Act got passed--throw it together and ram it through a vote before anyone gets a chance to read it.

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