The new Republican leadership in the Minnesota House wants DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to reject the new social studies standards crafted by the state education department.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Assistant Minority Leader Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, sent a letter to Dayton today urging him to veto the proposed standards. They contend the standards do not reflect "what Minnesotans expect our students to learn and comprehend in the subject areas of history, government and economics."
In their letter, Daudt and Woodard complained that the standards de-emphasize the contributions of the United States and its economic and political ideals.
"Throughout the entire set of civic and history standards there is virtually no mention of the values of American patriotism," they wrote.
The GOP leaders also noted that there are no mentions of Osama Bin Laden, the war on terrorism or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Department of Education held a public hearing today in Roseville on the proposed standards, which would serve as the classroom guidelines for public schools throughout the state.
I wonder how much "patriotic" emphasis was placed on:
~ How we enslaved our fellow man until the the 1860's
~ How about half the country tried to secede from the Union
~ How the KKK was at one time a major political force
~ How some of those same states still want to secede
~ How we practiced genocide on the native peoples
~ How we did not allow women to vote until the 20th century
~ How we segregated schools until 1964 in many areas
~ How we burned down African American churches in the south
~ How we turned police dogs loose on peaceful demonstrators in the south
~ How we clubbed demonstrators in Chicago for protesting the Viet Nam war
~ How we started wars in the Middle East based upon lies from the Bush administration
Well you get the idea. Maybe these two individuals would be happier with the Texas versions of school text books.