Texas Social Studies Standards: Getting Nuttier By The Minute

This is from the Houston Chronicle. Apparently the social studies standards are in line to be converted into some serious stupid:

Another expert reviewer, David Barton, said: “Cesar Chavez may be a choice representing diversity, but he certainly lacks the stature, impact and overall contributions of so many others; and his open affiliation with Saul Alinsky’s movements certainly makes dubious that he is praiseworthy … .”

Who is Saul Alinsky you ask? From Wikipedia:

Alinsky’s teachings influenced Barack Obama in his early career as a community organizer on the far South Side of Chicago… Working for Gerald Kellman’s Developing Communities Project, Obama learned and taught Alinsky’s methods for community organizing… Several prominent national leaders have been influenced by Alinsky’s teachings,… including Ed Chambers,… Tom Gaudette, Michael Gecan, Wade Rathke,…, and Patrick Crowley…

The Houston Chronicle article also mentions the Bible:

Marshall, one of the expert reviewers, also recommends that school children get a better understanding of the motivational role the Bible and the Christian faith played in the settling of the original colonies. He provided multiple examples of early Americans parlaying their biblical views into the communities and governments they established – beginning with the Pilgrims who risked their lives in coming to America.

“In light of the overwhelming historical evidence of the influence of the Christian faith in the founding of America, it is simply not up to acceptable academic standards that throughout the social studies (curriculum standards) I could only find one reference to the role of religion in America’s past,” Marshall said in his review.

One wonders if these reviews can be found online anywhere?



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  1. All of the reviews by the six outside advisors to the Texas State Board of Education can be found here:


    The reviews of the three Texas professors are rational; the three non-practicing social students are bizarre. Barton and Marshall are well-known, right-wing religious dominionist nuts. The carpetbagger from American University is similarly out to lunch.

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