“whitewash history” or “Mother, may I?”

Most of you reading this may have not been around when the Governor and his Henchmen in Texas went after the Texas Teachers as being Ignoramus Morons who couldn’t teach a student How to Swat a Fly on the Wall. It was a Holy Crusade.

Round Rock, Texas

They wanted to make sure that the teachers weren’t Ignorant Fools! And they Broadcast on every Network that We Had to Rid the State of these Despicable So Stupids!

“There are three kinds of men.
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves”
Will Rodgers

And the War between the Texas Teacher and the Texas Legislature was set in Motion. Texas’s 2nd ALAMO? Yep, the lowly Teachers were holed-up in the Alamo and the Texas Legislator came out like 29,000 Mexicans and surrounding all of Them.

On February 23, 1836 a Mexican force comprising somewhere between 1,800 and 6,000 men (according to various estimates) and commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna lay drive up in the Alamo . Just for the History Buffs. But-

We gonna Get You Teachers! They cried out.

So, God made a Teacher

Do Your Worse! The Teachers declared while worried about their own families and their sole means of financial support for many. But didn’t matter now. The Texas Legislator had declared WAR! And the GOVERNOR sought BLOOD.

Then in the New York Times came out on March 11, 1986-

Ruby Bryant has taught English to high school students in Houston for 18 years. Today the state of Texas asked her if she knew how to write a complete sentence and conjugate a verb.

Mrs. Bryant was among 205,000 Texas teachers and administrators who showed up at schools across the state today to take a test of basic reading and writing skills, required under a new state law intended to improve its education system. A teacher who does not pass – and the state expects about 10,000 will not have the skills to pass -will lose certification to teach in Texas.

”The test will go a long way toward building the public’s confidence in teachers,” said a spokesman for the Texas Education Agency, adding that it will also shore up teachers’ morale by helping them demonstrate their proficiency.

But many teachers disagree, saying the written test is not a fair way to evaluate teaching performance.

My wife taught for 33 years in the Classroom and She had to take the Test so she Could Keep her State of Texas Teacher Certification. She Graduated CUM LAUDE from Texas A&M University. And I have to admit, she’s circle times smarter than I ever was. But the rampaging in the News about why Students were failing the TABS TEST. TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF BASIC SKILLS. Then came the TEAMS TEST. Then TAAS TEST. Then STAAR TEST.

And the Testing keeps coming and Not Proving a Damn Thing. They only prove that the Teachers got better at Teaching To the Test! And why? Simply put-To get the Texas Legislators Off their Asses.

You must admit, nothing gets chewed-chewed-up more times than when anything gets in the mouths that of the Texas Legislature which determines it as worth chewing up in the first place. And every Two Years when they meet, they are gonna Re-Chew that Fat if it fits their needs to make their Constituents Happy. But finally going after the Texas Teachers became a sour Brand of Fat and the Re-Taking a Re-Certification Test was the Sourest! It became a Sad Day in Texas. Re-Testing the Teachers for Christ Sake was the biggest pile of Horny Toad Manure ever.

1836

But the Test came about and the Teachers PASSED! But that’s not what the Texas Boys in Austin with their Pearly White Cowboy Hats said would be taking place. No, the Teachers passed the Test and Guess What? If the Teachers weren’t No Dummies, then Why was little Bobbie and Suzy so darn Stupid and failing these Tests being Given to them?

Well Heck, that’s easily FIXED! Let’s, Teach to the Test. Mommies didn’t raise No Dummies! But the Teachers didn’t want their butts re-chewed-up again either.

Then suddenly came 2020! And Guess What?

Parents suddenly got a good healthy dose of what Teachers do in a day in their classrooms. And Parents were pulling out THEIR hairs all across America. And they found out that Teachers are a very IMPORTANT part of our America. Always have been and always will be.

Now fast forward to 2021 and once again, the Texas Legislature finally made their way back once again to the Texas Teachers! Yes. They found something else to Chew-Chew-Up! And they cheered and cheered as they chewed.

We Got You Teachers Now! They cried out loud.

And that’s when writers who have watched their wives work year in and year out as a Texas Teacher. I even substituted Taught for Two Years. And it taught me that I didn’t ever want to do this full time.

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05/26/texas-teachers-critical-race-theory-legislature/?_gl=11irclou_ga*OGVCRjRCcU9razFjTE5JbGE5R1h1aGxFVmRoMkpseFZSQl9sSXBkb2ZtS2hSRFVqRzJCcjhQeDBQQUotOFZPbw..

Texas educators say they’re concerned they won’t be able to have open conversations about what’s happening in the world if the Texas Legislature approves a bill that restricts how teachers can discuss current events in the classroom.

“Where was the Fourth Amendment to protect Breonna Taylor?” a student asked her, referring to a Black woman who was shot and killed in her apartment by Louisville police officers during a botched raid in 2020.

But this is what I’ve learned. And after asking my wife many questions about all if this too, I say thus-You ought not pass Legislation about stuff when you aren’t a Teacher. You honestly don’t know what goes on in a Classroom if you haven’t ever taught. It’s not the same if you are the Teachers and can see things from a Teacher’s Point of View. But when you’re not, you should stay in your own Zone. And I’d darn sure care more about lowering Our Property Taxes! And giving Retired Prison Guard a Cost Of Living Increase that you gave Retired Teachers and Retired DPS Officers. Seems to me that some certain folks got their Priorities all messed-up.

But let’s look at the Law--shall we?

But first, look at thi. And go back in time-George Floyd Murder just took place! It’s Blowing-Up in Everyone’s Cell Phones. Students come to your Classroom, by the way-you are now the teacher, and some are angry, others are crying and they ask you-WHY?

And if you say a word, are you now going to Lose Your Job? Go to Jail? Remember. They sank some real Jail Time Teeth into the New Law. And if you’re a Texas Teacher-YOU GOT TO OBEY US!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.texastribune.org/2021/06/15/abbott-critical-race-theory-law/amp/

TEXAS bans the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 public school classrooms.

Critical race theory is an academic term that studies how race and racism have impacted social and local structures in the United States. Over the past year, GOP leaders have decried its teaching in public schools, pointing to limited examples in various school districts across the state. In 2020, former President Donald Trump had banned federal employees from training that discusses “critical race theory” or “white privilege,” calling it propaganda.

So, how are you going to keep talking about the George Floyd Murder out if your Classroom? It just happened. These Kids want answers and they need a Lifet-line! They need Help right then and there or they may be so Upset that they go Home and Commit SUICIDE and if that one Teacher had spoken up just a few words of sympathy or caring as a human being. Then that might have been the difference needed. But the New Law takes a Stout Heck No Attitude!

You Gonna Recognize my Authority!

Is any of this making a tiny dent? You getting it? Non-Non-Teachers need to stay away from the Classroom and Creating Laws that only make Teaching even more Difficult. As a human being, all Teachers who happen to be Human Beings, will stop and momentarily talk to his or her Students in order to maintain Classroom Stability. But moreso just as being a caring Warm-hearted person. Isn’t that what you’d want in or from those teaching our children? You Gonna tell a Coach he better NOT! OR WHAT? JAIL-TIME?

In my Opinion, a School Counselor can do more damage than a Teacher can with a child. How? By putting crazy mental issues into their heads.

So, read the actual Bill signed and you agree?

 
 
 By: TothH.B. No. 3979
 
 
 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 AN ACT
 relating to civics instruction public school students and
 instruction policies in public schools.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
        SECTION 1.  Section 28.002, Education Code, is amended by
 adding Subsections (h-1), (h-2), and (h-3) to read as follows:
        (h-1)  In adopting the essential knowledge and skills for the
 social studies curriculum, the State Board of Education shall adopt
 essential knowledge and skills that develop each student’s civic
 knowledge, including an understanding of:
              (1)  the fundamental moral, political, and
 intellectual foundations of the American experiment in
 self-government, as well as the history, qualities, traditions, and
 features of civic engagement in the United States;
              (2)  the structure, function, and processes of
 government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels;
 and
              (3)  the founding documents of the United States,
 including the Declaration of Independence, the United States
 Constitution, the Federalist Papers (including but not limited to
 Essays 10 and 51), excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy
 in America, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate, and the writings of
 the Founding Fathers of the United States.
        (h-2)  In the instruction of the essential knowledge and
 skills for the social studies curriculum, in applicable courses of
 Texas, United States, and world history, government, civics, social
 studies, or similar subject areas:
              (1)  no teacher shall be compelled by a policy of any
 state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter
 school, or school administration to discuss current events or
 widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy
 or social affairs;
              (2)  teachers who choose to discuss current events or
 widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy
 or social affairs shall, to the best of their ability, strive to
 explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives
 without giving deference to any one perspective;
              (3)  no school district or teacher shall require, make
 part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra
 credit for, student work for, affiliation with, or service learning
 in association with any organization engaged in lobbying for
 legislation at the local, state or federal level, or in social or
 public policy advocacy; and
              (4)  no school district or teacher shall require, make
 part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra
 credit for, political activism, lobbying, or efforts to persuade
 members of the legislative or executive branch to take specific
 actions by direct communication at the local, state or federal
 level, or any practicum or like activity involving social or public
 policy advocacy.
              (5)  No teacher, administrator, or other employee in
 any state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter
 school, or school administration shall be required to engage in
 training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or
 sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex.
              (6)  No teacher, administrator, or other employee in
 any state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter
 school, or school administration shall shall require, or make part
 of a course the following concepts: (1) one race or sex is
 inherently superior to another race or sex; (2) an individual, by
 virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or
 oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously; (3) an
 individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse
 treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex; (4)
 members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat
 others without respect to race or sex; (5) an individual’s moral
 character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex; (6)
 an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears
 responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members
 of the same race or sex; (7) any individual should feel discomfort,
 guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on
 account of his or her race or sex; or (8) meritocracy or traits such
 as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a
 members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.
        (h-3)  No private funding shall be accepted by state
 agencies, school district, campuses, open-enrollment charter
 schools, or school administrations for the purposes of curriculum
 development, purchase or choice of curricular materials, teacher
 training, or professional development pertaining to courses on
 Texas, United States, and world history, government, civics, social
 studies, or similar subject areas.
        SECTION 2  This Act applies beginning with the 2021-2022
 school year.
        SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
 Act takes effect September 1, 2021.

The above was never necessary. It’s like saying Texas Teaching was a Fraudulent. Fraudulent. And now, Let Us Fix it like we are gonna Fix Texas Voter Fraud. Suddenly, it’s Old White Men who are afraid of losing their Advantages and Privileges.

And now-

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2021/06/08/gov–abbott-signs–patriotic-education–bill–establishing-1836-project

The Republic of Texas was established in March 1836.

…According to Abbott, the 1836 Project “promotes patriotic education & ensures future generations understand TX values.”

 
 
 H.B. No. 2497
 
 
 
 AN ACT
 relating to the establishment and duties of the Texas 1836 Project.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
        SECTION 1.  Subtitle D, Title 4, Government Code, is amended
 by adding Chapter 451 to read as follows:
 CHAPTER 451. TEXAS 1836 PROJECT
        Sec. 451.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
              (1)  “1836 Project” means the advisory committee
 established under this chapter.
              (2)  “Patriotic education” includes the:
                    (A)  presentation of the history of this state’s
 founding and foundational principles;
                    (B)  examination of how this state has grown
 closer to those principles throughout its history; and
                    (C)  explanation of why commitment to those
 principles is beneficial and justified.
              (3)  “State agency” means a department, commission,
 board, office, or other agency in the executive branch of state
 government that is created by the constitution or a statute of this
 state.
        Sec. 451.002.  ESTABLISHMENT. (a) The 1836 Project is
 established as an advisory committee to promote patriotic education
 and increase awareness of the Texas values that continue to
 stimulate boundless prosperity across this state.
        (b)  The 1836 Project is composed of nine members reflective
 of the diversity of the state. The governor, lieutenant governor,
 and speaker of the house of representatives shall each appoint
 three members. The appointees may include persons in the private
 sector with relevant experience or subject matter expertise.
        (c)  Members serve two-year terms and may not be removed
 except for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance.
        (d)  The governor shall appoint one member of the 1836
 Project as the presiding officer.
        (e)  The presiding officer shall:
              (1)  convene regular meetings of the 1836 Project; and
              (2)  coordinate and direct the activities of the 1836
 Project.
        Sec. 451.003.  DUTIES. (a)  The 1836 Project shall:
              (1)  promote awareness among residents of this state of
 the following as they relate to the history of prosperity and
 democratic freedom in this state:
                    (A)  Texas history, including the indigenous
 peoples of this state, the Spanish and Mexican heritage of this
 state, Tejanos, the African-American heritage of this state, the
 Texas War for Independence, Juneteenth, annexation of Texas by the
 United States, the Christian heritage of this state, and this
 state’s heritage of keeping and bearing firearms in defense of life
 and liberty and for use in hunting;
                    (B)  the founding documents of this state;
                    (C)  the founders of this state;
                    (D)  state civics; and
                    (E)  the role of this state in passing and
 reauthorizing the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C.
 Section 10101 et seq.), highlighting:
                          (i)  President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing
 of the act;
                          (ii)  President George W. Bush’s 25-year
 extension of the act; and
                          (iii)  Congresswoman Barbara Jordan’s
 successful efforts to broaden the act to include Spanish-speaking
 communities;
              (2)  advise the governor on the core principles of the
 founding of this state and how those principles further enrich the
 lives of its residents;
              (3)  facilitate the development and implementation of
 the Gubernatorial 1836 Award to recognize student knowledge of
 Texas Independence and other items listed in Subdivisions
 (1)(A)-(D);
              (4)  advise state agencies with regard to their efforts
 to ensure patriotic education is provided to the public at state
 parks, battlefields, monuments, museums, installations, landmarks,
 cemeteries, and other places important to the Texas War for
 Independence and founding of this state, as appropriate and
 consistent with applicable law; and
              (5)  facilitate, advise on, and promote other
 activities to support public knowledge of and patriotic education
 on the Texas War for Independence and founding of this state, as
 appropriate and consistent with applicable law.
        (b)  In carrying out its duties under Subsection (a)(2), the
 project may solicit statements and contributions from intellectual
 and cultural figures.
        Sec. 451.004.  FUNDING; COMPENSATION. (a) The Texas
 Education Agency shall provide funding and administrative support
 for the 1836 Project, including for the pamphlets described by
 Section 451.005, to the extent funds are available for those
 purposes.
        (b)  A member of the 1836 Project is not entitled to
 compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for the travel
 expenses incurred by the member while transacting project business,
 as provided by the General Appropriations Act.
        Sec. 451.005.  PAMPHLET. Not later than September 1, 2022,
 the 1836 Project shall provide a pamphlet to the Texas Department of
 Public Safety that explains the significance of policy decisions
 made by this state that promote liberty and freedom for businesses
 and families. The contents must include:
              (1)  an overview of Texas history and civics;
              (2)  the legacy of economic prosperity in this state;
 and
              (3)  the abundant opportunities for businesses and
 families in this state.
        Sec. 451.006.  REPORT. (a)  Not later than September 1,
 2022, the 1836 Project shall prepare and produce a written report
 that includes:
              (1)  a description of the activities of the project;
              (2)  the findings and recommendations of the project;
              (3)  a plan that identifies the best method of carrying
 out the duties under Sections 451.003(a)(1), (4), and (5);
              (4)  any proposals for legislation; and
              (5)  any other matter the project considers
 appropriate.
        (b)  Subsequent to the report required under Subsection (a),
 the 1836 Project may prepare and produce additional reports the
 project considers appropriate.
        (c)  The Texas Education Agency shall make a report described
 by this section available to the public on the agency’s Internet
 website.
        (d)  To the extent existing agency resources are available
 for this purpose, the Texas Education Agency may provide to the 1836
 Project any agency resources necessary to prepare or produce a
 report described by this section.
        Sec. 451.007.  ABOLITION; EXPIRATION. The 1836 Project is
 abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2036.
        SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 521, Transportation Code,
 is amended by adding Section 521.013 to read as follows:
        Sec. 521.013.  TEXAS 1836 PROJECT PAMPHLET. (a) The
 department shall provide the pamphlet described by Section 451.005,
 Government Code, to persons who receive a driver’s license:
              (1)  after applying under Section 521.144; or
              (2)  with an expiration provided by Section
 521.271(a-2) or (a-3).
        (b)  The department shall make the pamphlet described by
 Section 451.005, Government Code, available to the public on the
 department’s Internet website.
        SECTION 3.  As soon as possible after the effective date of
 this Act, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of
 the house of representatives shall make the appointments to the
 1836 Project under Section 451.002, Government Code, as added by
 this Act.
        SECTION 4.  The Texas Education Agency and the Department of
 Public Safety of the State of Texas are required to implement a
 provision of this Act only if the legislature appropriates money
 specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not
 appropriate money specifically for that purpose, those agencies
 may, but are not required to, implement a provision of this Act
 using other appropriations available for that purpose.
        SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
 
 ____________________________________________________________
    President of the SenateSpeaker of the House     
 
 
        I certify that H.B. No. 2497 was passed by the House on May 5,
 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 124, Nays 19, 1 present, not
 voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
 No. 2497 on May 28, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 133, Nays 13,
 1 present, not voting.
 
 ______________________________
 Chief Clerk of the House   
 
        I certify that H.B. No. 2497 was passed by the Senate, with
 amendments, on May 26, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 21, Nays
 10.
 
 ______________________________
 Secretary of the Senate   
 APPROVED: __________________
                 Date       
  
          __________________
               Governor       

So, did Texas need this one too? Is 1836 the Proper Year to do? Sure, it is the Independence from Mexico?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.texastribune.org/2021/06/09/texas-1836-project/amp/

But will it also be an all out attempt to put the GOP ahead of Democrats in minds of future Voters?

This latter seems more a real possibility because we already have History enough in our State without a Re-Re-Education from a GOP Point of View! That’s who it will be from…

https://www.tshaonline.org/home

The Handbook of Texas was the brainchild of past TSHA President Walter Prescott Webb, who boldly declared it would be “a reference to practically any topic on Texas history.” The initial Handbook was published as a two-volume set in 1952, with a supplemental volume published in 1976.

Today, the Handbook is entirely online and includes 27,354 encyclopedic entries on the influential people, eras, and events of Texas history. Its staff of editors continuously works to add and update entries to ensure its accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Abbott’s Name ain’t on the Above!

I’d like to see Governor Abbott and his Project 1836 Pamphlet beat the above. He can’t and it sure smells rotten to me…how about you? But we’ll see, won’t we?

Texas must be free to Teach the Truth! Freedom is Complete Freedom to be taught the Whole Truth and Freedom was paid for in Blood!

People who don’t know their History are Doomed to Repeat it!

“There are three kinds of men.
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves”
Will Rodgers