Say NO to Censorship - Let's Not Rewrite American History

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Say NO to Censorship - Let's Not Rewrite American History

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Christina Campbell started this petition to You

 

 

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/tea/contact.html

Call Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at 202-401-3000

There is an education war going on in Texas that you need to know about and get involved with. The TX State Board of Education is currently preparing to adopt new social studies curriculum standards. These standards have major national implications as Texas is such a major purchaser of textbooks and their state’s required curriculum drives the content of textbooks produced nationwide.

 
The TX State Board of Education has hired 6 "experts" to determine what will be in the books their schools use. Some of these "experts" are arguing that the state’s social studies and history textbooks are giving "too much attention" to some of the most prominent civil rights leaders in US History, namely Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall.

David Barton, one of these "experts," claimed Cesar Chavez "lacks the stature, impact and overall contributions of so many others." He went on to say Chávez is not a role model who "ought to be held up to our children as someone worthy of emulation."

The same "expert" wants to eliminate Thurgood Marshall, a prominent Civil Rights leader who argued the landmark case that resulted in school desegregation and was the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice. He wrote that the late justice is "not a strong enough example"  of an important historical figure to be presented to Texas students.

Board members and their appointees have complained about an "over representation of minorities" in the current social studies standards.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/tea/contact.html

Call Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at 202-401-3000

 

The original link I posted with this action is no longer active so I have posted 2 new ones. The first is The Texas Board of Education's comment page and the second is the Secretary of Education's phone number since I was unable to find a comment/ email for them. Thank you for your support on this very important issue. Sincerely, C. Campbell

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