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Should we join Texas in amending textbooks to stress American exceptionalism, challenge purely secular government, and show Republican history in a more positive light?

Time for California to do the same 19% 36 votes
California doesn't need that kind of change 73% 136 votes
My answer is more nuanced (feel free to comment below) 6% 12 votes
184 total votes

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Well if America isn't exceptional, why does most of the planet want to move here?

revisionist (anonymous profile)
May 25, 2010 at 6:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I dont think politics of the day or party should influence textbooks. By the way as much as I don't like what they have done, who wrote your poll question Michael Moore? It seems people who get really upset want it rewrote to fit their worldview or stay to fit the one they have, personally I don't trust either of you...

Textbooks should be done like they should have done drawing voting districts nonpartisan and without political interference right or left.

pointssouth (anonymous profile)
May 25, 2010 at 11:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I read recently that there are something like 200 issues at stake as far as changes are concerned. How could one possibly say overall what is good and bad unless each point is taken into consideration?

By the way, I'm glad The Independent gave us a third voting choice, (which I took) as my views on this are more nuanced.

One positive aspect of all this--especially now that we have The Internet to bounce ideas back and forth--is that this will force debate and discussion as to how kids are educated.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2010 at 2:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To answer your question, pointssouth, the descriptions of the changes as desired by the majority of the Texas Board of Education are the words they have used, not mine.

webadmin (webadmin)
May 26, 2010 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Webadmin my bad then

pointssouth (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2010 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Given the current choice of authors for our childrens' textbooks, third-rate politicians (the Texas BoE) or college professors (aka historians), I can't honestly see why this is up for debate. Unless of course you're convinced that college professors are communists trying to spread propoganda ... this all making sense suddenly. The college professors have spent the better part of their lives studying history, meanwhile going into tremendous debt, putting off having children and starting a family in most cases, so that they can then turn around and sell textbooks to make a fortune and raise a future army of communist soliders that will destroy religion, take all the guns and vote for black guys with funny names. Oh, and make Republicans look bad.

FightWoo (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2010 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nothing is mentioned about the slaughter of dolphins in these textbooks. They are very biased.

sixdolphins (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the Indy's polls are notably bereft of anything but pure black and white answers, usually to the extremes of viewpoints. Kinda like CA politics and the Indy in general.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
May 27, 2010 at 5:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

JohnLocke: Indy gave us the third choice.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 27, 2010 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In my youth the American Revolution,apart from about one paragraph, was completely ignored in the British schools. I came over here and studied American history and by the time I had completed that particular phase I had definitely decided, if I had the choice, to be one of those British "rebels", defending home and hearth and not a red faced red coated intruding Hessian !

samuel (anonymous profile)
May 28, 2010 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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