November 26, 2010
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Anaheim, California, circa 1940; image from the Anaheim Public Library, via the California Digital Library, University of California
Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils, and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, & nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
To George Wythe, from Paris, August 13, 1786
Excerpted here from The Quotable Jefferson, collected and edited by John Kaminski, Princeton University Press, 2006, p. 84
June 28, 2010
You have the tools to compare the party platforms and determine for yourself which part supports education in Texas — I mean, really supports education, as opposed to using Doublespeak to profess support while angling to get a shiv in the back of education.
You can look at the 2010 Texas Republican Party Platform here. There are brief mentions of education in other sections, but you’ll find education starting on page 12. Texas Democrats put education up front, on page 2 (unofficial version, but the emphasis won’t change).
Education sections of the 2010 Texas Democratic Party Platform appear immediately previous to this post, in eleven sections.
Which party is more favorable to educating our children well?
June 28, 2010
This post is second in a series on the education planks of the 2010 Texas Democratic Party Platform.
This is an unofficial version published in advance of the final version from the Texas Democrats, but I expect very few changes.
Texas Democrats strongly support our Constitution’s recognition that a free, quality public education is “essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people.” Texas Democrats believe a world class education system is a moral imperative and an economic necessity that requires parents, educators and community leaders to work together to provide our children the skills needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.
Texas Democrats believe all children should be able to attend a safe, secure school and have access to an exemplary educational program that values and encourages critical thinking and creativity, not the “drill and kill” teach-to-the-test policy Republicans have forced on students and teachers. To fulfill this commitment, Texas Democrats continue leading the fight to improve student achievement, lower dropout rates, and attract and retain well-qualified teachers.
Democrats also believe it is essential that all Texans have access to affordable, quality higher education and career education programs, with a renewed emphasis on the importance of a full four year college education, and particular attention to science, technology and engineering.
November 24, 2008
Good execution of a lesson plan here, at one of my favorite blogs, The Living Classroom — with a lot of possibilities for follow-up.
A citizen's plea to President-elect Obama
This may be the only elementary level classroom in the nation with its own lobbyist.
Never underestimate the power of students united to do good works.
In the Boy Scouts’ merit badge series on citizenship, Scouts are required to write letters to public officials. This is a good exercise. Not all students get the full value, but on the chance that answers actually come to the letters, this is a good classroom activity.
Hmmm. I should use it more.