Texas Education: Embracing the Dark Ages

ONE of our clandestine operatives tipped us off to some very peculiar doings by the Texas State Board of Education. We scurried around for conformation, and found this at the website of the Texas Freedom Network, which has been doing an excellent job reporting on events in that peculiar state: Blogging the Social Studies Debate IV.

One excerpt will suffice. This occurred on the morning of 11 March 2010:

Board member Cynthia Dunbar wants to change a standard having students study the impact of Enlightenment ideas on political revolutions from 1750 to the present. She wants to drop the reference to Enlightenment ideas (replacing with “the writings of”) and to Thomas Jefferson. She adds Thomas Aquinas and others.

Jefferson’s ideas, she argues, were based on other political philosophers listed in the standards.

We don’t buy her argument at all. Board member Bob Craig of Lubbock points out that the curriculum writers clearly wanted to students to study Enlightenment ideas and Jefferson. Could Dunbar’s problem be that Jefferson was a Deist? The board approves the amendment, taking Thomas Jefferson OUT of the world history standards.

You know who Cynthia Dunbar is, don’t you? If not, Meet Cynthia Dunbar. She didn’t run for re-election, so this is her last year on the Board. She still has lots of time to damage her state’s educational system, however.

The Enlightenment — particularly the Scottish Enlightenment, were responsible for the American Revolution, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. This blog is all about preserving the values of the Enlightenment.

Cynthia Dunbar, along with her creationist cronies, has just turned off the light. Welcome to the Dark Ages, Texas.

Addendum: To see how some others view this event, check out this thread at the creationist & theocratic chat site, Free Republic. It’s posted by their founder, Jim Robinson: God Bless Texas and the Texas Board of Education!!

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3 responses to “Texas Education: Embracing the Dark Ages

  1. Don’t forget, Cynthia Dunbar’s would-be successor Brian Russell has a runoff election on April 13 against Marsha Farney.

  2. retiredsciguy

    Don’t know if you caught it, Curmy, but Don McLeroy was featured on ABC’s Nightline tonight (Thursday, March 11).

    No mention of his creationist views, just his ideas concerning Social Studies texts. ABC was not outwardly supportive of his views; in fact, they questioned why one man should have so much influence over textbooks that will be used in schools all over the nation.

  3. She doesn’t like,
    “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” Jefferson

    And forgets,
    “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Jefferson

    Imagine, a questioning mind. Not in Texas. Perhaps the newly constituted Board will rectify things.