Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Texas textbook standards wrangling

This bit from the fight over whose narrative goes into the state's history textbooks is an example of why we're having this fight in the first place.

It also approved an amendment that deletes a requirement that sociology students “explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.”

Language like that is just an attempt to fit students for liberal hairshirts.

Require them to study if institutional racism is evident in American society? A worthy thought experiment.
How institutional racism was evident in American society? Fine.
How institutional racism is evident in American history? Of course.

But presenting the students with the conclusion, and requiring them to argue their way to it, is underhanded. I fully understand the feelings of the parents who refuse to let their children be indicted with that kind of original sin.

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