• I wonder if there is such a person as Chester B. Ting?

    Just a little humor there of course...

    May 26, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.
  • Writein, I am getting tired of your chest beating, chest beating.

    As a conservative, I'm again embarrassed. What happened to reason and intellect in my party? Why are we allowing crack-pots to speak on our behalf.

    Education should be left to educators.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 a.m.
  • Legion357.

    What does Marion Barry has to do with this? I could care less about Barry and Edwards. I am talking about the Crossroads area and its refusal to change and the countless Chest Beating.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:17 a.m.
  • Holly1.

    Next time when you open your mouth, know the facts. I am sick and tired of your chest beating. You were the person a few months ago wanting a Civil War because someone didn't agree with you. Do I have to go back and bring that up?

    May 25, 2010 at 5:32 a.m.
  • Holly wrote:
    Good teachers don't need TENURE to keep their jobs they need RESULTS. If the school districts want better educated students hire better teachers and FIRE the bad ones. Not every teacher is a good one so protecting the bad ones with TENURE hurts every student who gets stuck in the bad teachers classroom.

    Holly, punkin', teachers in Texas do not have TENURE. Teachers in Texas are not allowed to unionize, strike, or lobby. Teachers in Texas generally have a one-year contract that protects the employer much more than it protects the teacher. Teachers in many other states enjoy things like tenure, unions, etc. In Texas, that isn't an option and likely never will be.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:04 p.m.
  • Short-term memory loss--it's not just for old folks anymore!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.
  • holly1 wrote "Liberals have been re-writing history and indoctrinating students with marxist ideology for decades"

    Yes we did and that's how we indoctrinated the masses to vote for tax breaks for the rich, war in Iraq, dodge health care reform for the last 20 years, put social security on the back burner, turn a blind eye to corporate malfeasance and vote to make marriage between a man and a woman.

    Us liberals obviously need to change occupations.


    May 24, 2010 at 9:47 a.m.
  • Liberals have been re-writing history and indoctrinating students with marxist ideology for decades. They should stop promoting their liberal political view points and get back to teaching. The reason for high drop-out rates and children who can't read or write is the failure of teachers to do their job. I say test the teachers and any who fail should lose their jobs until they can pass it. Know your subject and teach it well or find another line of work. Good teachers don't need TENURE to keep their jobs they need RESULTS. If the school districts want better educated students hire better teachers and FIRE the bad ones. Not every teacher is a good one so protecting the bad ones with TENURE hurts every student who gets stuck in the bad teachers classroom.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Historymajor.

    AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.
  • This whole "process" of creating new curriculum standards has been a joke. I'm going into the teaching profession with history as my focus, and it infuriates me that the SBOE didn't consult educators but went with political positions in ramming this "curriculum" down the throats of Texas school children. The whole process has been too political, from Mary Helen Berlanga storming out because Mexican American roles in history were going to be downplayed to eliminating Thomas Jefferson for his religious and political philosophies. It's very similar to the evolution versus creationism debate. I say present all the facts and let people make up their own minds. But that'll never happen.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:17 a.m.
  • Here is a free online History Course:

    May 23, 2010 at 10:55 p.m.
  • 12 years of White History Month ala Texas SBOE conservative right-wing style.
    And Texans can’t stand one month of Black or Hispanic History Month.
    The whole damn nation is laughing at us with good reason, again!

    May 23, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.
  • Educators need to protest these changes. It's disgusting.

    May 23, 2010 at 9:37 p.m.
  • the sky is falling!

    May 23, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.
  • The story has always had gaps - now you are more aware of that and you might even know where a few of the latest might be.

    May 23, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
  • I decided long ago that history is story with many sides. If you think about it, the winner gets to tell that tale - the tale they would like the world to believe. I'm not being cynical, just practical.

    One of our history activities called for my children to interview the grandparents and great grandparents to tell THEIR story - our story. No text will ever relay that. No text will trump that.

    Fill in the "gaps" with this:

    Console yourself with this:

    May 23, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Change, ain't it great?

    Marion Barry with his crack smoking self in DC. The LA governors race in the 80's was much more interesting.

    Edwin W. Edwards, not only got elected, and re-elected, he also got elected two more times.

    His opponent in the 80 election claimed he had taken a $2M bribe to allow riverboat gambling.

    In a classic response, candidate Edwards retorted that he did not take a $2M bribe, it was closer to $4M, for his honesty he was elected.

    May 23, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.
  • N45BA.

    When you have a School District with A High Drop OUT RATE, under-the-table deals at Victoria City Council, and Two DA's (Victoria and Jackson) who are questionable.


    May 23, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
  • I have about ENOUGH of The BS from this MIGHT MAKE RIGHT Mentaility.

    May 23, 2010 at 5:07 p.m.
  • I told you so


    “Minorities, within the next coming decade, will become the majority. Social conservatives and the naive are alarmed by “multiculturalism” and believe that learning about America’s past sins is evil. To prove this point, one must look at the conservative led Texas Board of Education. Since late summer 2009, conservatives proposed that figures like Caesar Chavez and Justice Thurgood Marshall to be removed or grossed over in textbooks. If they can remove a figure a like Chavez, one can wonder what might to happen to Martin Luther King or Fredrick Douglas?”

    Things are about to change in Texas and in Crossroads.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:54 p.m.
  • Another prime example of why public education is a failure, all across America.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.
  • I read the deletions, changes and additions in the official document here (High School):

    The board seemed more concerned about inserting the word patriot or patriotic at every possible turn than encouraging our children to learn critical thinking skills and independent thought.

    Whatever your political ideology it must be clear to everyone that the conservative members of the education board obviously took it upon themselves to correct the perceived "mistakes" of previous board decisions. It was not motivated by putting the needs of our children first.

    Teachers, leave them textbooks alone!

    Personally I'm more upset with trying to understand why they replaced Carl Sagan with Neil Armstrong...

    May 23, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
  • You take another look, observer. The Advocate is right on this. I offered you a place to go look for yourself. Check it out. And, since you'll probably respond again, make note of a couple of the changes that you believe to be for the better. Let's discuss this.

    As to teachers filling in the gaps, didn't we just have a teacher nearly lose her job over some variance from the text, or something like that?

    May 23, 2010 at 4:06 p.m.
  • "Drastically altered"? Has anyone involved in writing this editorial actually looked at the changes made by the Board? To characterize the changes the Board made as a drastic alteration of the curriculum is at best misguided, if not mendacious. For shame, Advocate.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:02 p.m.
  • Luckily we have one line of defense, independent educators who fill the gaps lost to politics with factual and intelligent insights. Academic freedom is meant to deliver us from ignorant demigods who try to inflict their personnel truths on everyone's reality. As Baby Bush said, elections matter.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.
  • I have been following this, too. While I disagree with the SBOE's general position, and do believe it will be to the students' detriment, I find it very interesting that the Advocate is taking a position in this matter. Don't get me wrong, I agree with the editorial, but do the writers of this editorial not see a parrallel to politics that is taking place in Victoria? Same process and politics, just a different topic.

    As to the improvement in college prep, I'm guessing all those conservatives who home-schooled their children lest they be exposed to all those awful things like diversity in people, thinking and philosphies, are now realizing they were not doing such a bang-up job at it. They need the public schools for the opportunities they allow, like scholarships, etc. As we know, college tuition is out of most folks' reach.

    Some good coverage of this situation is at

    May 23, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.