You oughta come over and see it sometime.
So what does pee have to do with this post? Absolutely nothing. But in Goofball, Heal Thyself, you all gave me permission to digress. I was truly overwhelmed by your comments (almost embarrassingly so), and in gratitude I’m sending each of you a big cyber Charlie hug.
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The subject is school. Or rather, what passes for school. And school is downright scarifying.
My friend Linda (Laytonwoman3rd) pointed out this article Right-Wingers Write Jefferson Out of Texas Schoolbooks in one of her comments. According to the article's author, Adele Stan, "At issue are the textbooks to be used in the state’s public schools, shaped by the curriculum guidelines passed by the State Board of Education."
Stan, in turn, quoted an article from the New York Times, which to me is a stunner:
Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”)
Even more stunning is this statement by Stan:
The new curriculum will also downplay the history of racism in the U.S., and, according to board member Mary Helen Berlenga, a board member who stormed out of the school board meeting, virtually write Latinos out of history.
I think if Texas wants to do a bang-up job they should also write (white) out slavery, women's suffrage, and the American Indians who rightfully own Texas in the first place.
I could spend all day on Texas, but I have another bee in my britches.
This is an article I found on USA Today titled, Schools debate: Is cursive writing worth teaching? According to the article,
Some fear classic penmanship has been left behind as preparation for state assessment tests dominates class time. Others blame the rise of the Internet, combined with a push to ensure that children are technologically literate, for rendering delicate handwriting an art of yesteryear.
"With all the other subjects we must teach, we just don't have the time to spend a lot of effort on cursive," said Carl Brown, principal of Manatee Elementary in Viera, Fla.
Handwriting is an art of yesteryear? I cannot say this with authority because I don't have children in school, but my feeling is our gazillion-dollar school systems are raising a generation of illiterates—those who can neither read nor write (or count). Yes, we're returning to yesteryear when young people will "sign" important documents with an "X"—that is, if they know how to draw an X. I can see a marriage license with two Xs on it and the preacher saying, "Do you, X, take X for your ..."
When they divorce, which is inevitable because they don't know how to communicate, they will be ex-Xs.
And how many times have I heard, "With all the other subjects we must teach"? WHAT other subjects? I know they don't do physical education and they can't get lunch right, but for the rest of the subjects I haven't a clue.
I don't blame the teachers in the debacle we call public education. They do the best with what they have, which is a bunch of bureaucratic bullshit, disrespectful "students," outraged and outrageous parents, and my nemesis, cell phones.
I've barely scraped an X in the iceberg called No Child Left Behind, but there's plenty of fodder for you to think about and comment.
[Thanks, Linda, for steering me to Texas. Hah! Pretty funny stuff, huh, steers and Texas?]