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    Texas Board of Education is Rewriting History

    This past Friday the Texas Board of Education voted in favor of altering state history books with the goal of incorporating more conservative ideals. To be fair, not all of the changes are overly controversial, but many are decidedly biased.

    For instance, the board elected to add more information about Judeo-Christian influences of the Founding Fathers, but to remove all references to the Constitution’s statement that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. Along those same lines, Thomas Jefferson will be removed from the textbooks, including his assertions regarding what he termed the “separation of church and state”. Instead, mentions of Jefferson have been replaced with John Calvin, a religious icon.

    I don’t care who you are. It shouldn’t matter if you are conservative or liberal, Christian or atheist. History is just that – history. And changing how it’s recorded is just plain wrong. Altering how we teach future generations based on a bias or agenda of any kind is doing a great disservice to our children and our country.

    A great man once said, “History, by appraising…[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future”. But wait – that great man was …

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    American Education: Striving to Compete

    For the country, the education system within the United States is often ranked far below many other countries from around the world. Our current system of entitlement, one that “guarantees” a free education that is both fair and equal is faltered when compared to other educational systems globally. According to a report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States and the Netherlands are the only two countries that do not require a standardized or partially standardized curriculum within a primary school. According to the same report the United States is one of a small handful that offer school of choice using restrictions to limit a parents ability to enroll their children into a desired school.

    Many persons within the education across the United States have debated both the pros and cons of whether or not a national curriculum would enhance a student’s education within the public education system. However, this debate is wrought with one simple argument of whether or not education is a federal or state issue. Competing globally, one could easily be persuaded in the nationalistic components of public education. However, those that believe public education is merely a state responsibility often …