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06:29 PM on 11/12/2011
I'm guessing texas had three things they wanted to put in their "declaration of causes" and couldn't remember the third one, which coincidently enough was "states' rights."
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rwolsen
07:41 AM on 11/13/2011
don't guess, do a little research.
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rwaller
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06:27 PM on 11/12/2011
The republicans want a dumb America. They want a population that has no idea about their government. They have come to rely on the southern demographic of the un or under educated because with these groups they know they do not have to explain themselves as long as they parrot the core values.

To insure their continued success they have implemented history curriculums across the country that teach a history of date and event memorization and they choose the dates and events deemed important to know. They choose a state like Texas because of its population knowing that the curriculum taught in Texas will have to be taught in many other states because of cost. The more you can print of something the cheaper the cost. They buy the books for their students because they are the cheapest. And, the result is simply put, Texas.
06:26 PM on 11/12/2011
Well, guys, my daughter is getting in town and it takes too long for me to figure out how to find a previous thread, so I'm going to let you guys slug it out. I wish you would try to actually come up with some honest solutiions instead of just trying to do "Put-downs" but guess that is the nature of this beast. To NCsteeler, I think your "name" was, very impressive with the three degrees! I could tell not only by the steelers being in your "name" but by your calm way of trying to make some reasonable points that you were from Pennsylvania. On the education department, it's not just the salaries of those employed but all of the billions spent on programs that could be better spent on the local level. Just my opinion, but I try to keep up. Good luck, ya'll.
06:17 PM on 11/12/2011
Educated people are progressive! Mr, Perry and the GOP know this. Everything is explained!
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JasonJM
Life isnt fair, get used to it.
06:34 PM on 11/12/2011
Unfortunately they dont require a common sense course for progressives.
They would surly fail. I'm guessing thats why.
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Msquad99
Space is a vacuum because earth sucks.
06:45 PM on 11/12/2011
I have learned that when a conservative begins talking about "common sense" to hide the women and children simply because conservatives have none, common sense that is.
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scorpio49
07:27 PM on 11/12/2011
the surly will surely fail
06:15 PM on 11/12/2011
60% of Texans were ready for college coursework and 25% of NYC HS grads were ready. And Texas is the problem?
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JasonJM
Life isnt fair, get used to it.
06:32 PM on 11/12/2011
It's progressive math, but last year it was only 52%.
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Lulo
06:57 PM on 11/12/2011
If you lower the standards enough, even a blind dog can be ready for college.
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Razpooten
Nil homini certum est
06:12 PM on 11/12/2011
In Texas there are only three types of people; those who can count, and those who can't.
06:16 PM on 11/12/2011
We only have to count to one..........the number one job creating state in the country.
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WhatWhat1
Don't believe everything you think.
06:33 PM on 11/12/2011
Scary as hell that you've chosen this article to defend Texas.
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ESerafina42
Abandoned by wolves, raised by Republicans.
06:35 PM on 11/12/2011
(Or you could have said, and.... and.... oops, I forgot!) :)
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Razpooten
Nil homini certum est
08:28 PM on 11/12/2011
That is reserved for the highly elected officials.
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Sister Bluebird
06:10 PM on 11/12/2011
You can thank D. Barton for this mess, and his looney supporters.
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rwaller
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06:06 PM on 11/12/2011
There is nothing wrong with Perry's memory or performance so it is natural that his adoring public should choose to emulate him. The problem with Perry and Texas has nothing to do with education or the lack there of and everything to do with a genetic flaw. Texan's simply have too many fingers upon which to count.
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beaverlocal
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06:05 PM on 11/12/2011
Compared to other Texans Perry may be smarter than the average Texan. Why else is their leader ?
06:02 PM on 11/12/2011
"People tend to think that history is only memorizing facts," Linda Salvucci, vice chair of the National Council for History Education, told HuffPost. "More importantly, it's a way of thinking and organizing the world."

No, actually it should be based facts; not "organizing principles".
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Sister Bluebird
06:13 PM on 11/12/2011
History is a living discipline that has to be rewritten from time to time, when new evidence arises. So memorizing facts without learning how to examine what you are memorizing and reading critically, will only lead to wrote memorization. It will not engender within a person, the ability to pull all the strands together in history and understand a more coherent whole, regionally, nationally or globally-- or in terms of eras.

Understanding how to study history is a method of organization and seeing the world. It is in part what inspires the interdisciplinary field of the humanities. And we as a culture are better off when we learn to study history from an objective viewpoint, rather than memorizing "facts" based on an indoctrination model for someone's new megachurch or political movement.
06:20 PM on 11/12/2011
Face it. Your flawed, biased model for education has failed. You can't argue with results.
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TJax123
Progressive - the alternative is unfathomable
07:02 PM on 11/12/2011
Thank you for stating what I wish more people understood about history including the teachers in elementary and secondary schools who teach it.
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06:17 PM on 11/12/2011
Huh? It should be based facts? You must have been educated in Texas.
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simon Bar
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06:00 PM on 11/12/2011
Who is the Einstein that chose Texas to create a Nationwide school curriculum.?

Might as well let some tribal war lord from Afganistan decide what our kids learn.
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06:19 PM on 11/12/2011
It is our for-profit textbook companies. They don't care about educating kids, just selling as many books as possible, and Texas has a lot of kids, and a lot of ignorant people who just CAN'T have their children read about something that doesn't conform to their fantasy based worldview, so the companies adjust the texts to mollify these outspoken fools.
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simon Bar
Nothing Left To Do But Smile,Smile Smile..
06:53 PM on 11/12/2011
thank you
06:23 PM on 11/12/2011
Your ignorance of how things work is very apparent. The "natiowide cirriculum" emanates from Washington D.C. One can see a direct correlation between the birth of the Dept. of Ed. and the dumbing down of America's children.
Texas, the largest user of textbooks, simply chooses its books and the companies decide to follow to decrease costs.
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ESerafina42
Abandoned by wolves, raised by Republicans.
06:38 PM on 11/12/2011
Gee - I thought it was the school prayer decision (which of course didn't really make much difference since a lot of schools didn't have them by then and quite a few STILL have them). Make up your minds.
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simon Bar
Nothing Left To Do But Smile,Smile Smile..
06:52 PM on 11/12/2011
wrong , Texas is the re-write of history, Read up
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05:56 PM on 11/12/2011
looks like he's already abolished the department of education in his home state.. can't wait to see what he does for america's education.
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Sister Bluebird
06:14 PM on 11/12/2011
Lets not.
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builder101
VOTE!
05:54 PM on 11/12/2011
Education in my state, Texas, has been going down hill on the same line as GOP dominance. Be sure and vote for the GOP in 2012 if you want this dumbing down to continue - Nationwide .
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Sister Bluebird
06:14 PM on 11/12/2011
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mcartri
05:51 PM on 11/12/2011
Only in Texas does state law require every American flag sold to come with scissors for the removal of a star from the flag.
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SmotPoker
Now with 100% less beard.
05:50 PM on 11/12/2011
Republican history or what the rest of us call "fairy tales"....