Things are heating up at the Texas SBOE. They're wanting to delay decisions until a more conservative board comes in. The basic request is for a first reading this week of the Social Studies TEKS. The fringe groups like the Texas Freedom Caucus diverge from what parents and educators want and know to make for a good education. A first reading will allow the public to then weigh in on the proposed changes in a deliberative, civil manner.
If you have any question about what Texans really want, read the Charles Butt Foundation Report titled, Connected Through Our Schools where Texans overwhelmingly express the following:
Texans don't want Texans to be ignorant, much less for it to be engineered. Anything short of this is censorship of the kind that fascist, totalitarian governments are fond of doing.
That is, these extremists use the state to consciously manipulate people's opinions to control the public mind, that is inclusive of their habits, tastes, and even their memories. This is the antithesis of an expansive, inclusive, and most of all, respectful and representative curriculum.
When will they learn just how much they harm not just society, but also themselves, as well as their children and grandchildren, by narrowing thought and opinion that propagate small minds?
We're struggling for inclusion not just for our children, but for theirs, as well. And that's healthy and good for Texas. Below are their numbers where they can be reached. Do consider reaching out to them.
Connect with your SBOE Representative
Reach out to your SBOE representative and tell them to do their job by scheduling first reading of the Work Group drafts and complete the TEKS review process in 2022. We encourage you to focus on the starred numbers and your rep. Find your rep here. We will be updating talking points here; the existing ones have not changed so if you are ready now, go ahead and connect! Also, if you have the time, send a note to SBOE Members Davis, Pérez-Díaz, and Bell-Metereau for their unwavering commitment to the process and their prioritization of truth and humanity.
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