Standing up to the experts

Standing up to the experts

Standing up to the experts

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Jan. 24 2011 10:42 AM

Standing up to the experts

Over the past few years a majority of members of the Texas State Board of Education have done pretty much everything they can to destroy accurate standards of learning for Texas school children. They've been sabotaging science, history, and social studies, and doing a pretty thorough job of it.

At the helm for most of that time was Don McLeroy, an avowed young-Earth creationist who has been tireless in trying to insert his own narrow view of the world into the Texas textbooks. And this is no local problem; the books Texas chooses can affect other states as well.

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I was contacted by Vijay Dewan, who is working on a documentary about this. He and his team have 200 hours of footage, and they're looking for funding to get a good editor for it. To do this, they've got a Kick Starter campaign set up to raise the money to complete the documentary. They've put together a trailer video which you can see on the Kick Starter site, and you can watch here:


I for one would very much like to see it completed. They don't need a whole lot of money to get to their goal, either; they're already 75% of the way to their target of $10,000. So please help spread the word, and maybe the educational disaster that McLeroy and the Texas BoE created can have a light shone on it so that it can be seen by people all across this country.



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