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To my fellow Americans:

The move made by Texas State Board of Education to make changes to textbooks of social studies, economics, and history books must be stopped.

These changes massively effect the future learning of America's next generation as certain important figures like Thomas Jefferson are dropped from the list of America's intellectual origins to make way for organizations like the National Rifle Association as an important part of America's history.

Whether this change was brought on by the desire for the education board to bring back conservatism or not, the learning of our children should be used as a tool for the politicans to gain power for either party. Our children's future is not a toy for politicians to play around with. The education of America's next generation should not be lightly thrown aside so that political parties can win over one another.

The following are some of the changes that the Texas Board endorsed, taken from an article from Yahoo news:

- A greater emphasis on the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s. This means not only increased favorable mentions of Schlafly, the founder of the antifeminist Eagle Forum, but also more discussion of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich's Contract With America.

- A reduced scope for Latino history and culture. A proposal to expand such material in recognition of TexasЇ rapidly growing Hispanic population was defeated in last weekЇs meetingsЄprovoking one board member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out in protest. "They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics donЇt exist," she said of her conservative colleagues on the board. "They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world."

- Changes in specific terminology. Terms that the boardЇs conservative majority felt were ideologically loaded are being retired. Hence, imperialism as a characterization of AmericaЇs modern rise to world power is giving way to expansionism, and capitalism is being dropped in economic material, in favor of the more positive expression free market. (The new recommendations stress the need for favorable depictions of AmericaЇs economic superiority across the board.)

- A more positive portrayal of Cold War anticommunism. Disgraced anticommunist crusader Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator censured by the Senate for his aggressive targeting of individual citizens and their civil liberties on the basis of their purported ties to the Communist Party, comes in for partial rehabilitation. The board recommends that textbooks refer to documents published since McCarthyЇs death and the fall of the Soviet bloc that appear to show expansive Soviet designs to undermine the U.S. government.

- Language that qualifies the legacy of 1960s liberalism. Great Society programs such as Title IXЄwhich provides for equal gender access to educational resourcesЄand affirmative action, intended to remedy historic workplace discrimination against African-Americans, are said to have created adverse unintended consequences in the curriculumЇs preferred language.

- Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nationЇs intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the boardЇs judgment. Among the intellectual forerunners to be highlighted in JeffersonЇs place: medieval Catholic philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, Puritan theologian John Calvin and conservative British law scholar William Blackstone. Heavy emphasis is also to be placed on the founding fathers having been guided by strict Christian beliefs.

- Excision of recent third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader (from the left) and Ross Perot (from the centrist Reform Party). Meanwhile, the recommendations include an entry listing Confederate General Stonewall Jackson as a role model for effective leadership, and a statement from Confederate President Jefferson Davis accompanying a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

- A recommendation to include country and western music among the nationЇs important cultural movements. The popular black genre of hip-hop is being dropped from the same list.

The link for the full article is here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1253

These changes will greatly effect not only what our children will learn about the history of this country and the world, but also will shape their future. We must not let these changes be made that will bring on a generation of ignorant and close-minded Americans be passed.

Join me in stopping the changes that the Texas State Board of Education proposed. We must let our voices be heard! We must fight for the future of America's children!

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