THE madness infecting the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has found its way into the governor’s race. We first wrote about that here: Texas SBOE Now in Governor’s Race.
Now it seems that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White is going to make the SBOE’s behavior a continuing part of his campaign against Gov. Rick Perry. Therefore we’re watching this race — but only because of The Controversy between evolution and creationism.
Here’s Bill White’s campaign website. You already know who Texas Governor Rick Perry is — he appointed Don McLeroy — the creationist dentist, to be chairman of the SBOE. That’s like appointing Dracula to be in charge of the blood bank.
Today, in the Dallas Morning News, we read White derides education board’s actions. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White on Friday joined in the criticism of the State Board of Education for its version of new curriculum standards for history and other social studies classes.
Speaking to several hundred teachers, White attacked Gov. Rick Perry and his appointed chair of the education board as he called for a new direction in public education in the state.
Our usual inclination would be to favor the GOP, but we’re wary these days because of the stupidity and theocracy that’s been taking over the party. All we know about White is that he’s a Democrat and he’s blaming Perry for the behavior of the SBOE. And we see here that he’s doing what Democrats usually do — appealing to school teachers (and presumably their union, if such exists in Texas). Let’s read on:
Referring to the months of heated debate over the curriculum standards, White said, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a governor who appointed a State Board of Education chair who understood that you ought to leave the curriculum to professionals?”
It would be good, not “great.” We also want a governor to be acceptable on a wide range of other issues. To be candid, the typical democrat candidate these days couldn’t get your Curmudgeon’s vote — not even by pandering to our concern for science. We continue:
“Help me tell the rest of the nation that Texas is better than some of the actions taken by our State Board of Education,” White said in urging teachers to support him at the annual convention of the Texas State Teachers Association. The association has endorsed White in the governor’s race.
Aha. It looks like there is a teachers’ union in Texas, and White has their endorsement. How unsurprising. Is there anything else in this article to interest us? Not really. The rest of it is the usual campaign stuff, for example:
The Democrat also repeated his criticism of the Republican governor for not doing more to stem the student dropout rate.
That’s typical political babble, bashing the opposition for things that no governor can do much about.
So what do we think of Bill White? At this point, not much. But we certainly share his dislike of the SBOE.
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