Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sticking it to Teachers

Only five states do not allow collective bargaining rights for teachers. Their ACT/SAT rankings are as follows:

South Carolina – 50th

North Carolina – 49th

Georgia – 48th

Texas – 47th

Virginia – 44th

From Get Schooled with Maureen Downey.

Let's not forget Texas' new social studies curriculum:
Complex historical issues are obscured with blatant politicizing throughout the document. Biblical influences on America’s founding are exaggerated, if not invented. The complicated but undeniable history of separation between church and state is flatly dismissed. From the earliest grades, students are pressed to uncritically celebrate the “free enterprise system and its benefits.” “Minimal government intrusion” is hailed as key to the early nineteenth-century commercial boom—ignoring the critical role of the state and federal governments in internal improvements and economic expansion. Native peoples are missing until brief references to nineteenth-century events. Slavery, too, is largely missing. Sectionalism and states’ rights are listed before slavery as causes of the Civil War, while the issue of slavery in the territories—the actual trigger for the sectional crisis—is never mentioned at all. During and after Reconstruction, there is no mention of the Black Codes, the Ku Klux Klan, or sharecropping; the term “Jim Crow” never appears. Incredibly, racial segregation is only mentioned in a passing reference to the 1948 integration of the armed forces.
From The Thomas Fordham Institute.


  1. This is one of the problems with NOT having a federal level education system.

    Cheers! RichGriese.NET

  2. Normally I don't point out misspellings or grammatical errors on someone's blog. I know my own blog is rife with them. However, in a post where you're highlighting the alleged impact of collective bargaining on ACT/SAT scores, it's rather ironic to have misspellings in your post. It's kind of like bragging on your "educashun."

    I believe you meant to write, "their" ACT/SAT scores are...

  3. RKBentley,

    Thank you for your helpful comment. I think that it would be more accurate to call it a grammatical error rather than a misspelling.

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