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Tom Toles

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  1. believecommonsense

    believecommonsense said, almost 5 years ago

    Texas, Land of Ignorance and Fantasy

  2. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, almost 5 years ago

    I hear tell Fess Parker died, bleeep shame that is.

    the word means to condemn, oops that looks similar to me.

  3. Bill Ewing

    Bill Ewing GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    “believecommonsense,” please stay where you are and wander forever in your 3-I forest of Ignorance, Intolerance and Inanities.

    I am Proud Texan from San Antonio who never believed the Alamo heroes won anything but valuable time for Sam Houston and a bier for their ashes for their sacrifice.

    And THAT, sir, is not rewriting history as Mr. Toles wants the rest of the people in the world, in their ignorance (NOT stupidity, check the dictionary for the difference) to believe of us Texans.

    That we are proud of our heritage does not make us stupid, regardless of what you try to tell yourself.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 5 years ago

    Bill, the school board is removing facts from the textbooks (and adding in new propaganda), which means the next generation of Texans will be that much more ignorant. You know your history, but will the next generation? Toles is using humorous exaggeration.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, almost 5 years ago

    Having read a list of the changes they are making, it’s clear they want to create ignorance. This is not stupidity per se because it is well calculated, and they know exactly what they’re doing. It is, however, evil.

    By the way, I have relatives in Texas, so I know there are smart Texans out there – but they’re also mad as heII about this.

  6. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    “which means the next generation of Texans will be that much more ignorant”

    • Not just Texans, supposedly. They buy the most textbooks so the thinking is that it will affect more than just their own textbooks.

  7. Mexícano

    Mexícano said, almost 5 years ago

    I approve what Texas is doing. People need to know that my hero Reagan gave me work in the United States.

  8. bradwilliams

    bradwilliams GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Jade,

    I heard that to. How is that possible? I would think CA and NY would have a bigger influence. How many school are in TX anyway?

  9. mancocapac

    mancocapac GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Bill is proud of his TX-style and TX-sized ignorance!

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 5 years ago

    No, Blazin’, there’s a business issue. The Texas board decides all textbooks for the entire state, which is not true of most other states. Therefore a huge percentage of the US school-age population will all need the same textbook in Texas alone. In order to avoid making a zillion specialized versions, most textbook companies make a pragmatic decision to aim at the largest single population, which means if you’re Rhode Island or Alaska or South Dakota, you’re out of luck, and either have to pay more to get your own or accept Texas’ version. It has nothing to do with politics at all, nor of educational quality – it’s about how many textbooks you can sell. And that’s why this is such a pernicious issue. Texas should not have the right to decide everyone’s textbooks, especially when it is not based on mainstream (not liberal) history or science, or even consulting any experts but using their own individual biases. And in the past they’ve explicitly ignored the recommendations of top Texan education organizations, including teachers, professors, scientists, you name it.

  11. Dmajor

    Dmajor said, almost 5 years ago

    This could be the iceberg that sinks the printed standard textbook business. Not right away, but when it does finally sink, this could be the collision they look back to. Thousands of disgusted history and social studies teachers around the country tell their principals, “forget the tex(as)tbook, let’s use the funds to compile our own materials from online sources.”

  12. treered

    treered said, almost 5 years ago

    can the US Dept of Ed have these new books classed as “propaganda”?

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Those of you arguing for a Texas substandard textbook need to realize our country has to compete intellectually with the rest of the world. You can’t compete if your students are taught incorrectly. The texts should be resoundingly rejected!

  14. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    I loved it when the Texas school board member said, “We have to stand up to the experts!”

    Says it all.

    They want to force their ignorance on everyone.

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 5 years ago

    ^ ahab, you are so correct.

    ^^ Anthony, I didn’t hear this, but it’s priceless. There is evidently a deep distrust of education and expertise in some quarters. And for no good reason. Education is not elitist. Anyone can become better educated. Knowledge is there for the person who wants to know and to think.

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