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July 9th, 2009

08:08 am

Aaaand another AutoShoujo entry, again with current YA novel cover sensibilities. Front. Back.

(Wow. How many billions of entries are we going to have by August 16th?)

09:28 am - Oh, even better

Remember yesterday's momentary lapse of apathy about the Texas State School Board? They're at it again, now with social studies. (Dallas Morning News site, use bugmenot.com if it asks you to sign in.)

Highlights of the article:
"To have César Chávez listed next to Ben Franklin" -- as in the current standards -- "is ludicrous," wrote evangelical minister Peter Marshall, one of six experts advising the state as it develops new curriculum standards for social studies classes and textbooks. David Barton, president of Aledo-based WallBuilders, said in his review that Chávez, a Hispanic labor leader, "lacks the stature, impact and overall contributions of so many others."

Marshall also questioned whether Thurgood Marshall, who argued the landmark case that resulted in school desegregation and was the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, should be presented to Texas students as an important historical figure. He wrote that the late justice is "not a strong enough example" of such a figure.


Barton, a former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said that because the U.S. is a republic rather than a democracy, the proper adjective for identifying U.S. values and processes should be "republican" rather than "democratic." That means social studies books should discuss "republican" values in the U.S., his report said.

Both Barton and Marshall also singled out as overrated Anne Hutchinson, a New England pioneer and early advocate of women's rights and religious freedom, who was tried and banished from her Puritan colony in Massachusetts because of her nontraditional views.

"She was certainly not a significant colonial leader, and didn't accomplish anything except getting herself exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for making trouble," Marshall wrote.
Remember, non-Texans! These are the guys who will be making standards for YOUR TEXTBOOKS if they prevail! Texans: Contact the Texas governor. Contact your Texas state rep. Contact your Texas state senator.

10:03 am - To-do for con

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02:47 pm - Hotel near UT Austin?

I'll be in Austin on the 24th for a one-day workshop held on the UT campus, and want to know if any Texans here know of a decent hotel that's not hot and cold running roaches in the vicinity. I'm getting reimbursed for this by the school, so this isn't the time to be going for the nifty hotel that costs a bit more, otherwise I'll be frowned at Very Sternly by the admin assistant. :)
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