Wow. I have to agree with Arne Duncan on this one:
In March, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Bloomberg he felt “very, very badly” for Texas students.
However, feeling very, very badly for someone never really helped them out, I don’t think. What is he going to do about those bad feelings? I mean, I feel very, very badly for the taxpayers and parents in Texas, but my bad feelings do not amount to a hill a nano-particles in terms of easing their pain.
The irony is written into the Republican Party’s own “principles” [*gag*]:
PRINCIPLESWe, the 2012 Republican Party of Texas, believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders to uphold these truths through acknowledgement and action. We believe in:
- Strict adherence to the original intent of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. and Texas Constitutions.
- The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death.
- Preserving American and Texas Sovereignty and Freedom.
- Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.
- Personal Accountability and Responsibility.
- Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
- Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.
- Americans having the right to be safe in their homes, on their streets, and in their communities,and the unalienable right to defend themselves.
- A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.
- Honoring all of those that serve and protect our freedom.
- “The laws of nature and nature’s God” as our Founding Fathers believed.
Right. Whatever dude. Perhaps Texas Republicans should try practicing what they preach. I must have missed the part where “white washing” and being a hypocrite was codified.
What am I going to do about this? I am going to pursue “critical thinking” for our local education system as much as I can, and make sure I instill it in my family to my utmost ability. I might fail, or I might do a lackluster job. But I am not going to wave my draconian scepter around and bang people over the head with it. Instead of telling people what is best for them, I will listen. And yes, there are problems even with that intent and that approach. I intend to learn about those problems as an exercise in being reflective and adaptive.