Archive for the 'Education' Category

About Those New Texas Education Standards…

After months of wrangling, and highlighted by several days of acrimonious debate and political stupidity, the Texas State Board of Education passed a new set of curriculum standards yesterday. There are… um… some problems. Sigh… Since Adorable Child will be entering high school next year, our impending relocation out of Texas seems all the more [...]

Obama and the Children

The hoopla around President Obama’s speech to students tomorrow has been pretty danged astonishing.  Since I’ve already blogged about it elsewhere, I thought I’d just drop a link to the text as it will be delivered tomorrow, and then maybe add some witty commentary. I strongly encourage you to read it.   It’s jam-packed with scary [...]

OMG! And we voted these people in???

Hey Texas!  Look what our State Board of Education (SBOE) is up to!  From the WSJ: The Texas Board of Education will vote this week on a new science curriculum designed to challenge the guiding principle of evolution, a step that could influence what is taught in biology classes across the nation. The proposed curriculum [...]

Palin as Governor: Did she or didn’t she?

Sarah Palin’s social conservatism is very far from my own views. But so are those of many of my friends. From my perspective,one’s personal beliefs are one’s own; they should not be forced upon the citizenry by its government. Thus, I’m extremely curious about Palin’s view of government in social issues or religious questions, and [...]

Foreign languages vs American provincialism

There’s an amusing little byplay on the blogospheric right this morning about some comments made by Obama yesterday. Speaking in Georgia (on a totally different topic), the subject of bilingualism came up (courtesy of Salon): You know, I don’t understand when people are going around worrying about, “We need to have English- only.” They want [...]