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  •  We need reason... (15+ / 0-)

    on the Texas State Board of Education. And we also need relevant experience. Over half of the individuals on the current board have neither, yet they are the ones to decide on the curricula for Texas. Not only that, but because Texas has such a large population, Texas curricula determines to a large extent what is printed in textbooks and, therefore, what is offered to the rest of the country.

    I currently live in Texas and am getting my PhD from Texas State University. I work on an NSF Fellowship in the San Marcos High School. I have seen first hand the detrimental results of a poor education at both the high school and college levels. I have had students say that they were taught that the slaves had it good. In teaching evolution, I am constantly challenged by those students who do not "believe" in evolution. As a graduate assistant who had to help students with their writing skills, I have seen a severe lack of skill in writing. These students come to university quite ill-prepared to learn, to write, to synthesize information, and to think at a college level. And all of this I experienced prior to the new Board standards. I shudder to think about what the future holds if we do not succeed in getting more people on the Board like Rebecca Bell-Metereau.

    •  I wonder what would happen if these (3+ / 0-)

      texts are actually taught and suddenly fewer students pass AP exams and maybe colleges aren't so eager to accept TX credits because the curriculum is so bad.

      I think appealing to the practical degradation of their children's education might appeal to parents. Since a lot of people regard college as just advanced vocational training, the thought that their precious child might not get into a good college because of the crappy education they got in TX might really bother them.

      I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. --Susan B. Anthony

      by ohiolibrarian on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 09:28:23 PM PDT

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      •  I've been wondering about this too. (1+ / 0-)
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        Especially since I have kids in high school here in Texas.  I'm making an assumption that the AP classes will not use a "Texas" textbook, since the curriculum has to be pretty much a national standard; otherwise the kids wouldn't pass the test.  (You'd think I'd know this, since my oldest kid is taking four AP classes this year.)

        You would also think that business leaders would discourage this kind of crap from the SBOE.  Surely it is not to their advantage to have an ignorant employee pool.  And like you, I've been wondering if colleges outside of Texas would start refusing to admit Texas students, citing insufficient rigor of education.

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