Archive for August 2011

“Si Se Puede”

August 27, 2011

Happy 50th birthday, United Farm Workers.

Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Si Se Puede Attitude: The embodiment of a personal and organizational spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk taking.

Innovation: The active pursuit of new ideas.

Non-Violence: Engaging in disciplined action.

Empowerment: A fundamental belief in and respect for people.”

Support farm workers and their right to fair treatment, fair wages, and safe working conditions.

Visit United Farm Workers at www.ufw.org.

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Revising History in Texas

August 26, 2011

If you are interested in the continuing assault on public school education in the State of Texas, I would encourage you to read “What Did You Learn in School Today? (The Texas Version)” by Criag Studer. Studer is an Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District and has a Master’s degree in U.S. History. His article was published in the August 25, 2001 on-line edition of Common Dreams.

In the article, Studer writes about the new revisionist (my word) curriculum that has been written for Texas high school  students. Students like my three high school children.

The new curriculum is  noted more for what it does not teach than what it does teach. For example, it does not mention:

  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in Texas TEKS as being American founding fathers
  • the 20th Century labor movement, with the exception of a reference to Cesar Chavez and  Delores Huerta.
  • the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • the National Labor Relations Act
  • the role that labor has played in helping obtain many of the rights and benefits that American workers enjoy today
  • the words “labor movement” in the TEKS. (Don’t refer to it and it doesn’t exist? A subtle assault on labor unions and public sector workers? I’m just thinking.)

Studer cites other examples of Texas new take on the history of the United States that I will let you read for yourself.

But, just so you won’t think that I am totally upset about the new material and textbooks that my children will be bringing home and reading this school year, there is one thing that I know that my daughters will be excited to learn this year: Estee Lauder, the cosmetic magnet, is the world’s 68th most important historical figure ever.

Thank you Rick Perry and the Texas Education Agency for “protecting” us from things that you do not want us to know and for “educating” my young students about things that really don’t matter.

Save Texas Schools!