new Lowe standards for Texas Social Studies

Gail LoweAn AP article on Gail Lowe, successor to Donald McLeroy as chair of the Texas SBOE, can be found now on the websites of the Houston Chronicle and the Lufkin Daily News.

The story quotes Chairman Lowe expressing her agreement with the preachers who have been appointed by the Board as “Experts” to advise them in revising the state’s social studies standards, in their view that figures such as Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall don’t deserve the places that they’ve had in history textbooks:

Marshall and Chavez are “not particularly known for their citizenship,” Lowe said. “Figures we use to represent those character ideals (citizenship, patriotism and community involvement) and the type of persons we want your students to emulate should be politically neutral.”

Current drafts for revised Texas social studies standards can be found now on the TEA website.

Texas is one of the four states not participating in the project to develop common standards for use (with variations) nationwide.

Also, the Governor who appointed Lowe as chair has been saying that it may be time now for Texas to secede from the United States.

One Comment

  1. murry nelson
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    If only I’d taken that job at U.T-Arlington back in 1978!


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