Removal of Some Social Studies Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) – How To Prevent Further Dilution of Our History?

by TTT Coalition on October 13, 2017

Mandated Removal of Social Studies TEKS (Standards)-Why?

Texas teachers are faced with too much material to cover in an ever shrinking classroom schedule dedicated to actual teaching. This is true from the perspective of teachers, parents and administrators…too much has been added that is “required” to be tested and taught.

An Opening to Remove Important Information – Why You Should be Concerned?

With the push of groups who oppose Truth in Textbooks efforts to restore historical truths to our children’s social studies textbooks, further erosion will occur if citizens don’t protect the current content and push back against further erosion…here’s your chance to stand up and be heard!
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is “streamlining” the amount of Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) that K-12 teachers will be required to teach.
Think of it as a 5 lb. bag with 10 lbs. of “info” to be taught…something needs to be removed. In other words, some TEKS will be removed by a formal committee making recommendations to the SBOE.
We need persons to prevent further removal of essential historical facts. NO CONTENT WILL BE ADDED, ONLY REMOVED! Here is your chance to stop talking and get involved without having to commit weeks and hundreds of hours to protect our country’s heritage.

 

 

What could be removed from the TEKS?

Grade 1: (12)(C) identify and describe the role of a good citizen in maintaining a representative republic and in keeping elected officials responsive to the wishes of the people.
Grade 6: (9)(C) understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system; and
Grade 8: (4)(B) explain the roles played by significant individuals during the American Revolution, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, Wentworth Cheswell, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, James Armistead, Benjamin Franklin, Bernardo de Gálvez, Crispus Attucks, King George III, Haym Salomon, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Paine, and George Washington;
US Government (c) (B)  identify major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding, including Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law), English common law and constitutionalism, Enlightenment, and republicanism, as they address issues of liberty, rights,
and responsibilities of individuals;
The entire K-12 Social Studies TEKS can be found here.

How to Prevent Further Erosion of Our Nation’s Culture and Contributions of Western Civilization?

The Texas Education Agency is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the social studies TEKS streamlining work groups. Applications will be provided to SBOE members, who will then nominate individuals to serve on TEKS work groups. This streamlining process will use the revised review and revision process that the board approved in June.
Don’t be intimidated by the “wire diagram”. This was designed to provide a revolving group of volunteers, i.e. more input from more persons to the process and to prevent “cliques” or “blocks” of reviewers from pushing forward an agenda. All appointed members will have equal influence and “length of term” – 2 meetings- on the review committee.
That means nominations to serve on TEKS work groups will be accepted throughout the TEKS review process. Please volunteer by clicking on the links above.

If You Want to Do More, Here’s How to Impact Millions of Children Around the Country

 

If you would like to be trained as a social studies textbook reviewer, please write to tnt.textbooks@gmail.com to learn more or visit our website, www.truthintextbooks.com. We are always recruiting for these positions separate from the above request for help.

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