The Deplorable State of Education in TexasPosted on Sep 27, 2021
"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.". -- Adolf Hitler
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." -- Joseph Stalin
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." -- Vladimir Lenin
"Education is free. Freedoom of education shall be enjoyed under the condition fixed by law and under the supreme control of the state." -- Karl Marx
Greetings Texans, and Happy Valentines Day to all of our loved ones, and remember that today starts the beginning of early voting for the Texas GOP primary election. On this day, I implore you, if you love Texas, if you love your children, and grandchildren, the aforementioned quotes should truly concern you. Do not ever forget that it was Karl Marx who first advocated for the state control of education in his seminal work, The Communist Manifesto, as one of the foundational planks in the societal transformation of communism. Socialism is an economic model which enables the societal model of communism. Matter of fact, it was Lenin who affirmed, "the goal of socialism is communism". And we here in Texas, as well as America, should be very disturbed at what we see happening in what was once the gold standard for an education system in the world.
There can be no debate that the progressive socialist left has been masterful in overtaking academia in America. What began in our colleges and universities has now descended upon our elementary and secondary school systems. And the goal is to go even further when the left's push for universal pre-K education.
Yes, the left seeks to control the minds of our children by way of indoctrination, not education. This is how they intend to control the future of Texas, and America. It is here in the Lone Star state where our Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sets the bar, the standard for selection of curriculum and textbooks for the rest of the Country. Sadly, many Texans have no idea who sits on this 15 member board.
Texas is 46th or 47th in the country in education, a deplorable ranking for the State that should be leading the way. In Texas, 64% of 4th graders cannot read at their grade level, that number is up from 57% back in 2019. The largest city in the State of Texas is Houston, yet the Houston Independent School District (HISD) has 97 schools that do not have functioning libraries. And we all know that there is an issue in many school libraries of books promoting obscene and pornographic material are being found. Anyone with a functioning brain knows that it is a felony offense to provide obscene and pornographic materials to minors, and you don't need to write a letter to asking someone else to make that determination.
Texas is the #2 state in America, after California, for receiving Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Sadly, as we all know, taking funds from the federal government, especially in education where the feds have no enumerated constitutional power, comes with strings attached. In the case of ESSER funds, 20% must go towards the disgusting endeavor of social and emotional learning (SEL), meaning emotional data mining and indoctrination...in Texas that comes to $2.48B. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Mayor of Dallas has declared March 11th, SEL Day for the Dallas ISD.
Who would have ever thought that Dads in Texas would be arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting about transparency? Yet, that is what happened in the Round Rock ISD. As well, during teacher training in the RRISD, teachers were told to not share information with parents if children were showing signs of gender dysphoria. And yes, Governor Abbott does not support ending child gender modification procedures in Texas.
Also, Governor Abbott does not support ending taxpayer funded lobbying, another Republican Party of Texas legislative priority. How does that relate to education in Texas? Simple.
The National Association of School Boards (NASB) were the initiating entity that sent a letter to the US Department of Justice requesting parents be designated as domestic terrorists for exercising their constitutional right to "petition their government for redress of grievances". The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is a member of the NASB. There are 26 states who have withdrawn and severed any association with the NASB....not Texas! And the TASB is a taxpayer funded lobbying group.
Governor Abbott is a graduate of the University of Texas, does he know that UT Austin is the 2d worst university in the country for free speech tolerance?
As Governor of Texas, I will not stand for the indoctrination of our children, nor the bribery of the federal government to implement their marxist schemes in education. I firmly support educational freedom in Texas and embrace the idea that Parents, not the government, know what is best for the education of their children, unlike the leftist belief publicly espoused by Terry McAuliffe.
In freeing up resources to follow the child, I will never assert that government control and dictates should follow for our homeschool community. I want to enable more constitutional conservatives to run for local school board and the Texas SBOE. We are fighting a multiple front ideological war in Texas. It is one that begins at our borders and extends into our communities, and our schools. This is the pure definition of a culture war that follows the words of Barack Obama when he stated that we were "five days away from fundamentally transforming America".
Not on my watch!
Ayn Rand once wrote, "the uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other - until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the Country's official ideology."
I will fight to ensure the absurdities of cultural marxism, CRT, and SEL are met with a higher degree of pressure. We will never surrender our children to the ideological, delusional, descendants of Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, and Marx.
Steadfast and Loyal.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)