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Josh-D. S. Davis

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TX rewrites history
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

Some additions/changes seem OK, and some of the connotational word choice changes are probably not a bad thing.

However I'm not ok with discarding any concept of religious acceptance in the US, of the importance of hispanics in TX, and justifying the facist actions of McCarthy.

Further, removing Jefferson from the list of important revolutionaries and replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone is disturbing.

Ultimately, I don't think non-historians should be involved in the decisions of what was or was not an important part of history. I see people and groups on both sides who are leaning more and more into a dystopian empire for my kids to live in. I'm really not OK with that.

I don't like groups deciding the fate of my kids education based on the willful ignorance of reality. It borders on fanaticism, and these sorts of changes border on facism.

I definitely don't have the charisma to be an influential politician, so at what point does it mean we form our own, separate school?

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What do we do when the people who don't like our thoughts find some way to invade with weaponry and burn our place down, imprison us, and "readjust our youth to society"?

And yah, unfortunately, I've bought lotto tickets before, and I didn't win. Buying another ticket doesn't statistically change my odds of winning unless I buy a few hundred thousand...

I know, I'll take out a bank loan and buy one of every lotto ticket combination.

The choice of how do you want to run your life (raise your kids) is where the compromises begin. You can't live the life you want and run/form a school in the same way you can't, say, raise your own food. This is partly why I highly respect "back to the land" folks that are dedicated enough to do such things. They also tend to be fundamentalists christians, but hey.

Even if you were a politician, it wouldn't matter unless you were centrist (at least here in the US), and not supporting God and Country is not centrist. :)

Really, picking where you live (and what the people around you are like) seems to be the accepted way of picking what you want with fewer compromises. No place has everything, and any place can change over time to not be what you want. I think this is partly why people move as much as they do, but also speaks to peoples' willingness to accept compromise in lieu of changes they're comfortable with.

This might explain why people are so fanatical about the places they live (a phenomenon I don't understand, like being fanatical about a sports team). So much of how we define ourselves by our values is defined by what is available where we live.

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