Monday, November 24, 2014

Politics and education

I know this is a repetitive topic, I know I have talked about this before, but I feel it is worth mentioning again: politics have no place in the classroom.

When political agendas are injected into education kids suffer because they are getting mixed messages and sometimes misleading information in an already mediocre school system (for the most part that is true we have to be honest).

“Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy”

“Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education—and causing an uproar from both conservative- and liberal-leaning advocacy groups—have been sanctioned for use next school year.”

“Of the 96 books being reviewed, 89 were approved by the Republican-controlled board this afternoon, reports the Associated Press. Six books were defeated, and one publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, withdrew a government text.” 

“As I wrote yesterday, groups from both sides of the political spectrum argued against the textbooks' approval, alleging they contained distortions. The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund said some books exaggerated Moses' influence on the founding of the United States. Truth in Texas Textbooks claimed the books were too pro-Islam.”

Nowhere in this issue do I hear a mention of children or how this will benefit them, as if often the case.

It is all about the children people, not about political agendas.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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