I just want everyone to pop over and read this bill filed by a Trumpy Virginia House of Delegates member, which would ban the usual stuff, and would also mandate teaching important US founding documents (jump down to section B, point 3), including “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”
… because that’s definitely who Lincoln was running around Illinois debating.
Does SB 1751 have any chance of going anywhere? It seems that an amendment prevents any pet rescue or shelter from conducting background checks on any potential rescuer. I can’t even imagine why someone wants this.
It seems that a good deal of ignorance exists in the Old Dominion State. Unfortunately, if this bill passes, which is hopefully unlikely, it will only be increased by schools being mandated to teach using specific materials that don’t exist.
I sent that VA bill to my history teacher daughter last night - she lauged hysterically while confirming that the anti-CRT crowd is no laughing matter. (Note she is by no means a CRT proponent; she just wants to teach all of history with as little slant/bias as possible)
Rep. Friess has filed legislation to exempt fishing tournaments and formally recognized Friends groups from DNR’s Permit to Sell requirements. Friends groups are already exempt from the fees. Felt like a bit of a deja vu moment given that last year he filed legislation seeking to exempt vendors at the WSRC from having to participate in the state procurement process. Here we go with the rules apply to thee but not me business again.
at this point in time I think we should just punk the students by teaching them a scrambled version of history. Washington was fighting the Nazis and Lincoln the Roundheads meanwhile Garfield had to fight off the hordes–literally the Mongolian hordes.
If nothing else it could make dinner time conversation about what you learned in school today more interesting.
I mean, it’s not like I didn’t get a very, very sanitized version of American History. I, over time, and as a result of my own curiosity, have learned a lot about the atrocities (other than slavery–the big one) toward African Americans. But there are a couple of Native American educators I follow on Twitter and I am blown away by some of the things done to them, and some of them more recent than 1900, even. I followed up and found the historical trail, too, so I know these folks are not lying.
If we’re going to teach fake, one-sided history why teach it at all? Use that time for teaching more math or computer science or something useful for the careers the students will have some day.
I’m old enough to remember when people understood that asking “Was it over when the Germans bomber Pearl Harbor?” was a joke.
Not sure that our friends in the Commonwealth of Virginia would understand that one.
What do you expect from Virginia? They tolerated a black faced governor.
The real story on national education is the fact the Biden administration collaborated with the National School Board Association to send a letter to the FBI as justification for labeling parents as “domestic terrorists”. Is anyone really okay with that?
=== The real story on national education is the fact the Biden administration collaborated with the National School Board Association to send a letter to the FBI as justification for labeling parents as “domestic terrorists”.===
You see those tactics as acceptable?
Learning more and more.
It’s also been seen that alt-groups as packing school board meeting to disrupt meetings and intimate boards. However, at least in Illinois, when those types are in the ballot for school boards, as an example, they haven’t had success at the ballot box.