McLeroy’s latest antic — though I would call it the first shot fired in a war, a war on reality — was over, of all things, the English standards. According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, teachers and experts had worked for two and a half to three years on new standards for English. So what did McLeroy do? He ignored all that work entirely, and let "social conservatives" on the board draft a new set overnight.
Overnight? Think that’s better than Standards teachers and experts spent nearly three years on?
This new version cobbled together in a few hours was delivered to Board members an hour before the meeting in which they were to vote on it. An hour! In the meeting, McLeroy rammed through the discussion, even dismissing people who claimed he was going too quickly:
“Mr. Chair you’re going so fast … you’re moving so fast we can’t find it in the other document,” [board member Mary Helen] Berlanga said, shortly after the page-by-page explanation began.
After more complaints, McLeroy declared that he would continue at the fast pace.
“The ruling is you’re being dilatory in dragging this out,” McLeroy said.
What a guy! And now guess how this ends…
The board voted to approve the hastily cobbled-together standards, 9-6.
And if you’re not tired of guessing, then guess what discipline comes up next for review? Science!
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Every time you pet your dog, you are touching a known product of evolution. Through thousands of years of companionship, we have created the creatures that lovingly chew our sneakers and pee on the rug. God didn't create dogs, humans evolved them from wolves that were captured and tamed. This is a concept so obvious, most people don't even notice it.
The current chairman of the Texas Board of Education is one of these people. He is a creationist, bent on introducing Intelligent Design into Texas classrooms. He needs to be ousted, and yesterday wouldn't be soon enough.
As I said before:
There is no room for creationism at the science table when it comes to teaching children. Leave it at church where it belongs. Send a message to the powers that be this year, tell the TEA hands off our science curriculum, send the fundamentalists packing.I have, and I will again. Either the state concedes on this issue and removes the sitting board chairman, or Texas spends millions of dollars defending itself against lawsuits as outraged parents take the state to court over curriculum that they refuse to see taught to their children.
Which outcome do you prefer?
Here's an interesting coincidence. The Governor's contact page seems to be terminally on the fritz. That's odd. I know I've used that contact system before. I wonder if he's feeling the heat from his extremely unwise choice of SBOE chairs. One can only hope.