Everything changes in a Texas minute. The same week in July that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sabotaged Ethnic Studies textbooks-saying they would be too expensive, Governor Rick Perry pledged $144 million to send the National Guard to the Texas border.
Is it too much to ask that those who are attempting to destroy public science education in Texas and beyond at least be consistent? Unfortunately, the latest turn of events in Texas means that even consistency has become a victim.
Of all the campaign issues, education is certainly the one on which President Obama and Governor Romney seem to share the most middle ground. However, at the heart of their ideologies, the two men diverge.
So far, I've seen three of this year's Seattle International Film Festival offerings. Not only have the films been excellent, they've afforded me a window into our collective public consciousness up here in the upper left corner of the country.
Perhaps we can't run a kindergarten like a college, but we can provide students of all ages with a curriculum determined by teachers and other experts on academic grounds and encourage them to figure things out.
How did we get into the situation in which we knew so little about a world where we had so much at stake? As I note in my new book, Arab Voices: What they Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, it all begins with education -- or the lack of it.
No member of the Texas State Board of Education has damaged the state's educational system more than the anti-intellectual Ken Mercer. And now, voters have the opportunity to put an end to his embarrassing actions.