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Do you live in Texas? Want to spend FIVE WONDERFUL DAYS in awesomely awesome Austin? Do you care about educating the youth of Texas?


A buddy of mine sent me this earlier today. This is going to require you to get on the stick and print out the PDF and get it going to get your name in the hat. This is no guarantee, but you can't win if you don't enter. And what do you win? Why the privilege and responsibility to review social studies textbooks for the Lone Star State! How great is that?!

Seriously, if you can spend 5 days in Austin to review books I'd sure appreciate it. So would other thinking humans around the planet. We'd all be happier if there were less Louie Gohmerts out there. If I was an independently wealthy individual with no better activities than deciding which pair of ugly golf pants to wear today, I'd be there. I have already hit up my retired uncle. Oh, they are gonna love him.

You can bet your last dollar that the same ones who see nothing wrong with putting Jesus on a dinosaur and are convinced that Noah brought same on the Ark are going to have representation. Here's hoping you or somebody you know can bring some sanity and reason to the process.

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:01 AM, "Val, TFN Outreach Director" wrote:

Reviewer Applications for New Social Studies Textbooks for Texas Public Schools Due Friday

Dear Buddy of mine with the Communications Workers of America who shall remain red-headed and nameless,

Barton review teams tweet Last week David Barton, a phony historian popular with the religious right, sent out this tweet. He and other far-right activists are already targeting this year's adoption of social studies textbooks by the Texas State Board of Education.

So it’s crucial that truly qualified individuals serve on the official state review teams and counter far-right efforts to politicize the textbooks. It's especially important because the new textbooks must cover controversial curriculum standards that distort the history of slavery, civil rights, separation of church and state and other sensitive topics.

If you want to serve as a reviewer, please remember that the deadline to apply is this Friday, Jan. 24.

Click here to apply to serve on one of the official social studies review teams (PDF).

Please forward this email to anyone you think might also be interested in serving on a review team.

To help us ensure that TEA and SBOE members give your application the serious consideration it deserves, it’s important that you let us know that you have signed up to serve on a review team. Send an email to and let me know you have applied.

Don’t let far-right SBOE members and their supporters whitewash our history and use social studies textbooks to promote their political agendas.

Val Benavidez
TFN Outreach Director

Have some Shiner and a big old bowl of Texas Chili double X for me while you are there. If you want the triple X, that is on you. Don't say I didn't warn ya.


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  •  Mason Jar (7+ / 0-)

    I'd love to go, but work will not allow it. I am hoping if nothing else I can get the word out around here.

    If they already posted something like this, well spam spam spam wonderful spam.

    Putting on the spectacles of science in expectation of finding an answer to everything looked at signifies inner blindness. -- J(ames) Frank Dobie

    by cactusflinthead on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 02:21:11 PM PST

  •  One of the things we really need is publicly- (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pvasileff, BlackSheep1, walkshills, kurt

    created textbooks under Creative Commons licenses, not owned by textbook publishers. Then students, teachers, and the public could correct errors, improve explanations, add topics, translate the results into the dozens of languages that our schools now have to support, and redistribute the results at no charge and without copyright obstacles.

    Computers now cost much less than printed textbooks, so this would be a way to improve education and save money at the same time. California has made a start on it, and New York made an attempt at it that was blocked by the textbook industry, but it is Bangladesh that was first to accomplish it completely.

    I do this every day as Program Manager for Replacing Textbooks with Sugar Labs, the Free Software and Open Educational Resources partner of One Laptop Per Child, but the Open Courseware Consortium is much bigger than any one project.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 04:31:51 PM PST

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