Tuesday, December 4, 2007

More on Texas

The NYT editorial weighed in today on the de-evolution of Texas standards. I checked the Austin paper, which reported on this when it happened, November 29, ending this way:
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which sent the original e-mail to Comer announcing the event, said Comer's situation seems to be a warning to agency employees.

"This just underscores the politicization of science education in Texas," Scott said. "In most states, the department of education takes a leadership role in fostering sound science education. Apparently TEA employees are supposed to be kept in the closet and only let out to do the bidding of the board."
You can't imagine the power of the TEA board over the education of children nationwide. Think you have local control? Think again.


HP said...

Is O as excited about the snow day as we are?? :)

KAZ said...

Of course. Seems we're starting early. Paul points out that if this were February, no way would they close school for this kind of weather.