What’s in the Texas Social Studies Standards Voted on Last Week?

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What content was approved in the Texas Social Studies standards last week?  See below for some of the content.

American Exceptionalism” added, to be studied.

Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison (voted back into standards, previously removed by unelected teacher groups)

Landmark Civil Rights cases for study: Brown v. Bd of Education, Edgewood I.S.D. v. Kirby, Sweat v. Painter, Hernandez v. Texas.

Milton Friedman, famed economist, added

Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including Vernon J. Baker, Alvin York, and Roy Benavidez.

Important Tejano, Texian and other leaders who participated in the Texas Revolution

All 189 persons who died at the Alamo

Cesar Chavez, Ellen Ochoa (female Hispanic Astronaut), Johnny David Olivas (Hispanic Astronaut from Texas), Raul Gonzalez (first Hispanic on Texas Supreme Court), Henry B. Gonzalez, Hector P. Garcia, Jose Antonio Navarro, Juan  Seguin, Carmen Loma Garza (artist), Lorenzo De Zavala; (all of these named were approved)

Explanation regarding the contributions of the Founding Fathers;

Phrase: “Holding public officials to their word”.  SBOE members Allen, Knight & Hardy voted against this.

Phrase:  “Explain major political ideas in history including the laws of nature and nature’s God, inalienable rights, divine right of Kings, social contract theory, and the rights of resistance to illegitimate government.” (SBOE members Berlanga, Nunez and Knight voted against this).

Apparently, some California legislator threw a partisan-filled temper tantrum and called it a “press release” because he doesn’t like the education policy adopted by the Texas State Board of Education last week.

News flash- California economy is in financial ruin.  Texas is standing tall economically. California legislators should spend their time figuring out how to eliminate their gigantic debt.  So maybe California legislators would be smart to follow the lead of Texas.

If they had been looking to Texas for policy decisions and economics and education, for that matter, maybe they would be in such a mess.

And maybe so many of their residents wouldn’t be posting a sign on their house that says “Gone to Texas”.  Looked at the out-of-state license plates around town lately?


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