Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History
Read it. Biggest pile of right wing tripe I've seen since the last time I saw something of Fox News.
Here is an example pulled right from the economics section:
(C) understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system; and
(D) understand the poor record of collectivist, non-free market economic systems to deliver improved economic development over numerous contemporary and historical societies.
You do of course understand, this is teaching the kids a subjective, conservative, value judgement and not even a complete one. Governments all over this planet have highly successful socialist programs. Come to think of it, the United States itself has a few socialist programs. I was at the protest yesterday on the steps of the capitol and I will continue the fight against these fundamentalist nut jobs.
Bill Would Declare Your Blog a Weapon
The author of the bill has what she believes to be a noble cause. On its surface, stopping cyber-bullying is truly a noble and lofty goal. The problem that emerges from doing it in function is in making a law broad enough to stop it, you also stifle legitimate speech.
Imagine M$ lawyers construing our legitimate criticisms as abuse under this law. As the law treats corporations legally as non-human persons they are granted equal protection. While the suit would never stand, free speech would be stifled at the mere threat of a suit.
In the end, kids will always be bullies or bullied. Whether online or in person, bullies are only given power when we pay attention to them. Rep. Sanchez, as much as I am for protecting children, it would be a bigger injustice to not protect the most sacred right in a free state.
Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?
On the flip side of that are teachers who get fired without solid reason when left without tenure. For instance, I live in Corpus Christi, TX. Here in the city named for the body of Christ, non-Christian teachers have been fired without cause when their religious preferences, or lack thereof were discovered. Yet Christian teachers who feel the need to foist their dogma on their students cannot be touched without bringing in the ACLU. History and government teachers often feel the need to refer to Fox News for their information, which anyone with a brain knows is garbage. Evolution is skimmed over at best with the option given to parents to keep their kids stupid by signing a form that keeps them out of that course. Atheist students are picked on regularly by both students and the principal. At least one teacher I know to be Atheist is forced to hide his lack of belief to keep his job. The only Atheist teachers who live without fear are the ones with tenure and even they must tread lightly. This is sad as most polls show that the more educated you are, the less likely you are to be religious.
Who Says Money Can't Buy Friends?
Will do. I'll probably need to go to a full-auto instead of an elephant gun though. You know, to cut through the bodyguards...