“Cash-Strapped” California Makes Toothless Threat on Texas Social Studies

May 25, 2010
Topic: Update

Some state legislatiors in California are desperately trying to pass legislation to prevent their textbooks from containing in of the Texas social studies standards.   This following quote from this story is a great example of why California is facing financial ruin.  Time that their elected officials could be spending pulling themselves out of a financial mess is being spent engaging in political war with Texas on an issue they know nothing about.  Somebody needs to let California know we have emerged from the recession, so they’d serve themselves well to follow our lead on a variety of issues.  I guess this move signifies, also, that they don’t like one particular social studies standard: “respectfully holding public officials to their word.”

 “For now, California’s curriculum will not be subject to any modifications, Texas-influenced or otherwise. Last July, the Legislature suspended until 2013 the statewide adoption of new educational materials to give cash-strapped districts a break from buying new textbooks.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15098236

Also, this AP article misstates the facts.  It says that our standards contain “positive references”  to the Moral Majority, the National Rifle Association and the Contract with America.

 The fact is, Moral Majority, the National Rifle Association and the Contract with America are simply listed as examples for this high school section:  “describe the causes, key organizations, and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including…..

This sections does not make a “positive” or a negative reference to these organizations, it simply lists them as being a part of “conservative resurgence”.

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