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« Topic Start: March 12, 2010, 01:18:31 pm »

Texas education board refuses to require religious-freedom lesson

Austin, USA – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights.

http://wwrn.org/articles/32849/
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« Reply #1: March 12, 2010, 01:24:07 pm »

Texas education board refuses to require religious-freedom lesson

Austin, USA – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights.

http://wwrn.org/articles/32849/

And mississippi says thank God for texas, right?
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« Reply #2: March 12, 2010, 01:33:46 pm »

And mississippi says thank God for texas, right?

Probably not. Texas ranks 47 in education. I suspect Mississippi is 49 or 50. Don't really know who is rounding out which positions, but I suspect they're all southern states. (Probably Alabama and Louisiana if I had to guess.)
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« Reply #3: March 12, 2010, 01:42:12 pm »

Probably not. Texas ranks 47 in education. I suspect Mississippi is 49 or 50. Don't really know who is rounding out which positions, but I suspect they're all southern states. (Probably Alabama and Louisiana if I had to guess.)

Hold the phone!  Texas ranks 47 in education?  And that article that was linked to a few weeks ago said the Texas Board of Education is one of the most influental ones in the country?  WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!?!!
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« Reply #4: March 12, 2010, 01:50:31 pm »

Probably not. Texas ranks 47 in education. I suspect Mississippi is 49 or 50. Don't really know who is rounding out which positions, but I suspect they're all southern states. (Probably Alabama and Louisiana if I had to guess.)

::chews lip::  I was curious, so went looking.  According to US Census Bureau stats for educational attainment by state in 2007, if you go by percent of population that are high school graduates...  ::small voice::  Actually Texas comes in at #49.

Mississippi is #50; Alabama and Louisiana come in at 46 and 48, respectively, with Kentucky in between.  (And then you get California, and the Southern streak is broken.)

Unless you include DC, in which case you can bump all of those down one more...  You get the idea.

But, hey, if you sort by percent who have a Bachelor's or higher, Texas does a lot better, and most of the rest of the South is still below y'all.  Smiley  Ditto if you sort for "Advanced Degree or More".
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« Reply #5: March 12, 2010, 01:54:23 pm »


All of which, I've just realized, is kind of irrelevant because the real question is what percentage of students graduate from high school successfully as opposed to dropping out (not just how many high school graduates live there) and how well they did in school.  So, er, sorry about that.
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« Reply #6: March 12, 2010, 02:47:56 pm »

Hold the phone!  Texas ranks 47 in education?  And that article that was linked to a few weeks ago said the Texas Board of Education is one of the most influental ones in the country?  WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!?!!

Scary, isn't it?
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« Reply #7: March 12, 2010, 02:49:12 pm »

::chews lip::  I was curious, so went looking.  According to US Census Bureau stats for educational attainment by state in 2007, if you go by percent of population that are high school graduates...  ::small voice::  Actually Texas comes in at #49.


I'll take your word for it. I just remember some story quoting the 47 bit not long ago. Can't remember at all what they used to come up with that number.
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« Reply #8: March 12, 2010, 02:50:13 pm »

All of which, I've just realized, is kind of irrelevant because the real question is what percentage of students graduate from high school successfully as opposed to dropping out (not just how many high school graduates live there) and how well they did in school.  So, er, sorry about that.

That's OK. We make up for it by being #50 in teen pregnancies.
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« Reply #9: March 12, 2010, 03:00:45 pm »

That's OK. We make up for it by being #50 in teen pregnancies.

And I am thanking my deities I didn't raise my kids in the South.....
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« Reply #10: March 12, 2010, 03:25:21 pm »

And I am thanking my deities I didn't raise my kids in the South.....

What's really sad is I started thinking about leaving Texas when I was in my early 20s. I'm now 46, and I'm STILL here. All I can say is I thank the gods I went to high school in Austin. I'd still love to leave this place, but I just don't ever see it happening.  Sad
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« Reply #11: March 12, 2010, 05:44:25 pm »

What's really sad is I started thinking about leaving Texas when I was in my early 20s. I'm now 46, and I'm STILL here. All I can say is I thank the gods I went to high school in Austin. I'd still love to leave this place, but I just don't ever see it happening.  Sad

And it wasn't nearly this bad when I went to high school circa 1971-1975. It all started about 3-4 years after I graduated when the fundies started trying to convince people that they were the sole true Christians, etc.
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« Reply #12: March 12, 2010, 06:01:57 pm »

What's really sad is I started thinking about leaving Texas when I was in my early 20s. I'm now 46, and I'm STILL here. All I can say is I thank the gods I went to high school in Austin. I'd still love to leave this place, but I just don't ever see it happening.  Sad

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« Reply #13: March 12, 2010, 09:56:04 pm »

Texas education board refuses to require religious-freedom lesson

Austin, USA – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights.

http://wwrn.org/articles/32849/

Dear. Fucking. Lord. They took Thomas Jefferson out of American History.

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« Reply #14: March 12, 2010, 10:14:23 pm »

Dear. Fucking. Lord. They took Thomas Jefferson out of American History.

To put John Calvin -- who has next to nothing to do with US history -- in.  The Religious Reich strikes again.
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