To: All Texas Principles From: State Board of Educashun Subject: Potentuall cirikulum chanjes There has been a lot of diskussions about Texas textbooks, or Texbooks, as we members of the State Board of Education, or SBOE, like to joke. This is especially tru since we adopted new books in 2010. Now we are considering making chanjes to those books. Recently, a group of commies, the Texas Freedom Network, again criticized us for our adoption of texts which they say or full of factual erors. Look, they are a bunch of university professors, historians and famed academix, so what do they know? They don’t like the books’ favorable mention of the National Rifle Association. If anyone in America ought to know about semi-automatic rifles, laws that allow crazies to buy them and who’s … [Read more...] about Reading, ‘Riting and Ranting
In 2016, Richard Carranza’s comically short tenure as Houston ISD’s superintendent began with a great deal of so-called “listening.” Just prior to Carranza’s selection, trustees held “listening sessions” to hear from constituents about the qualities desired in the district’s next leader. The search consultants ultimately used words like “community-focused,” “financially and politically savvy” and “transparent communicator” to describe the type of person people desired to lead HISD. During the search process, I had asked several trustees when they planned to write a new vision for the district. After all, the current vision document was authored decades ago and prior to the hiring of the last several superintendents. Furthermore, the then-new board, ushered in with the election … [Read more...] about Will HISD finally find a new vision?
Dear Editor: Thank you for a thoughtful, insightful editorial on the Parkland tragedy. I agree that there is plenty of blame to go around. Clearly these students and their families were underserved on so many levels and by looking at who and what to blame perhaps we can find meaningful solutions that will minimize the amount and size of these events. As a parent of grown children, I am eternally grateful that I was never faced with these challenges, however that doesn’t stop me from looking past the rhetoric in the hope of not just “doing something,” but analyzing why we treat each other so badly. We live in the best country in the world, have the most opportunity to live successful lives and yet we are dogged by the same problems over and over again. So, I hark back to when my … [Read more...] about Reader: Blame is our nation’s worthless currency
THE STREET CORNER -- There are two interesting looking people standing across the street. Both are wearing cowboy outfits right out of Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, complete with huge hats, fringe vests, boots and even spurs. They approach me. “Howdy, pard,” says one. “Yippy-yi-yo and get along doggy little.” I don’t know how to reply. The other one speaks up. “I am Billy Ralph Pecos and this is Tex Spindletop. We from Amarillo, here to learn more of your local elections. Like how to vote, who votes and how to, uh, fix ballot boxes to make it easier. We want to work with grassroots organizations.” “You came to the right place,” I say. “Texas consistently finishes last among the states in voter participation. We don’t vote because most of our politicians are either third-rate hacks or … [Read more...] about The Spies of Texas
My 18-month-old son drove his car into our 59-degree swimming pool last week. I know this because I happened to be standing about 10 feet away. I also know this because I checked the pool thermostat after hoisting the livid bull shark from the driver’s side of his zero horsepower Cozy Coupe. Let’s get some specifics out of the way. Yes, my youngest son, Cal, was technically inside the car when it plunged into our still-wintery pool. And yes, I have been made very aware (thanks to my lawyer wife) that admitting this event to 34,000 households could very well instigate a visit from Child Protective Services. Before the bureaucrats send Russians to raid my hard drive, here’s what happened: Each day, when I get home from work, my two sons stick to a rigid routine. Mainly, they … [Read more...] about Dress shoes don’t make for good fins