6 Reasons We Need to Protect America from Texas Politicians
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Ordering the teaching of “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.”
Ordering that students should study “the unintended consequences” of the Great Society legislation, affirmative action and Title IX legislation.
The Board now requires textbooks to teach “the importance of personal responsibility for life choices” when discussing dating violence, sexuality, drug use, eating disorders and suicide. A board member said, “The topic of sociology tends to blame society for everything.”
Texas buys textbooks for 4.8 million students. This scale brings down the cost of these textbooks, so starting over to print different books for other states would make them cost more. Because of this, publishers and school districts in other states often decide to save money by just using textbooks that meet Texas’ standards.
3. Texas Republican Party calls for ban on teaching critical thinking
Not content with Texas’ revisions of history in its textbooks, the Texas Republican Party Platform has a plank rejecting the teaching of critical thinking and reasoning skills. Yes, you read that correctly. They say it undermines parental authority. What they really mean is that the ability to think and reason undermines authoritarian rule. This is the plank:
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
The party platform also opposes sex education, multicultural education and early childhood education, and supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded.” It says, “We urge Congress to repeal government sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.”
Go read the Texas Republican Party Platform, and decide for yourself if we ought to get to work building that fence right away.
4. Voting maps that deny the right to vote
Following the 2010 census, Texas Republicans drew up new voting district maps clearly designed to suppress minority voters from having an impact on elections. The maps divide “anglo” areas from areas that are predominantly Hispanic and African American. The census found that minorities account for almost 90% of Texas’ population growth in the last decade, and the state was given four additional congressional districts. But even though almost all of the growth is among the demographic likely to vote Democratic, the maps were drawn to ensure that these new districts are divided with two that are “safely” Republican and two that are “safely” Democratic.
Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a number of states – including Texas --and certain counties with a history of suppressing the voting rights of minorities have to be “precleared” before they can change rules that might affect the voting rights of citizens. Just this week a federal court decided that the new Texas maps cannot be used. According to the court, evidence of lawmakers’ intent included, “Stadiums and hospitals removed from the districts of black congressional members and country clubs newly drawn into those of white incumbents. A lawyer emailing 'No bueno' to a Republican staffer about plans that risked leaving a paper trail and jeopardizing the legality of a voting map.”
5. Texas judge says civil war if President Obama reelected
Tom Head, a Texas judge, fears there could be riots, or even a “civil war, maybe," in which people “take up arms and get rid of the guy” if President Obama is reelected. He wants a tax increase to help pay for measures to handle the unrest.