K12 Education: Two States- Eight Textbooks- Two American Stories-

#social studies text books
#eighth and 11th graders social studies text books

Social Studies Text Books standards are subject to review by politicians.

Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.
We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn about the nation’s history.
By Dana Goldstein
Jan 12 2020

The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation.

The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.

Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets.

In a country that cannot come to a consensus on fundamental questions— how restricted capitalism should be, whether immigrants are a burden or a boon, to what extent the legacy of slavery continues to shape American life — textbook publishers are caught in the middle. On these questions and others, classroom materials are not only shaded by politics, but are also helping to shape a generation of future voters.

Conservatives have fought for schools to promote patriotism, highlight the influence of Christianity and celebrate the founding fathers. In a September speech, President Trump warned against a “radical left” that wants to “erase American history, crush religious liberty, indoctrinate our students with left-wing ideology.”

The left has pushed for students to encounter history more from the ground up than from the top down, with a focus on the experiences of marginalized groups such as enslaved people, women and Native Americans.

The books The Times analyzed were published in 2016 or later and have been widely adopted for eighth and 11th graders, though publishers declined to share sales figures. Each text has editions for Texas and California, among other states, customized to satisfy policymakers with different priorities.

“At the end of the day, it’s a political process,” said Jesús F. de la Teja, an emeritus professor of history at Texas State University who has worked for the state of Texas and for publishers in reviewing standards and textbooks.

The differences between state editions can be traced back to several sources: state social studies standards; state laws; and feedback from panels of appointees that huddle, in Sacramento and Austin hotel conference rooms, to review drafts.

Requests from textbook review panels, submitted in painstaking detail to publishers, show the sometimes granular ways that ideology can influence the writing of history.

The National History Education Clearing House has made available a database of state social studies and history standards, searchable by state and grade. http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/state-standards

A California panel asked the publisher McGraw-Hill to avoid the use of the word “massacre” when describing 19th-century Native American attacks on white people. A Texas panel asked Pearson to point out the number of clergy who signed the Declaration of Independence, and to state that the nation’s founders were inspired by the Protestant Great Awakening.

All the members of the California panel were educators selected by the State Board of Education, whose members were appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat.

The Texas panel, appointed by the Republican-dominated State Board of Education, was made up of educators, parents, business representatives and a Christian pastor and politician.

McGraw-Hill, the publisher whose annotated Bill of Rights appears differently in the two states, said it had created the additional wording on the Second Amendment and gun control for the California textbook. A national version of the pages is similar to the Texas edition, which does not call attention to gun rights, the company said in a written statement.

Pearson, the publisher whose Texas textbook raises questions about the quality of Harlem Renaissance literature, said such language “adds more depth and nuance.”

Critical language about nonwhite cultural movements also appears in a Texas book from McGraw-Hill. It is partly a result of debates, in 2010, between conservative and liberal members of the Texas Board of Education over whether state standards should mention cultural movements like hip-hop and country music. Their compromise was to ask teachers and textbook publishers to address “both the positive and negative impacts” of artistic movements.

Texas struck that requirement in 2018, but its most recent textbooks, published in 2016, will reflect it for years to come.

Publishers are eager to please state policymakers of both parties, during a challenging time for the business. Schools are transitioning to digital materials.

And with the ease of internet research, many teachers say they prefer to curate their own primary-source materials online.


K12 EDUCATION in Kentucky gets a C-

This map is never included in a Social Studies Textbook

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Texas K12 Education in C-

California K12 Education ranked C

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

State Social Studies and History Standards

Whitefield Academy Religious Education Stinks in Kentucky


K12 Evangelical school expels a little girl because she wore a colorful Tshirt!

Kentucky teenager takes picture wearing rainbow shirt; school expels her for ‘lifestyle violations’

Head of school, Dr. Bruce Jacobson (502) 239-2509 • admissions@whitefield.org
Whitefield Academy is a Preschool-12 private evangelistic model of Christian education in Louisville, KY.

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Kentucky teenager takes picture wearing rainbow shirt; school expels her for ‘lifestyle violations’. “It was an email expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media,” Alford said.
The picture caught the attention of administrators of Kenney’s private school, the Whitfield Academy, who found no reason to celebrate with the teen. In fact, they called the image just the latest incident in two years’ worth of the student’s “lifestyle violations.”

Jacobson said the picture “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”

She has now enrolled Kenney in a public school.

K12 EDUCATION in Kentucky gets a C-

State Grades on K-12 Education: Map and Rankings

Non-Public schools must adhere to Kentucky laws regarding school attendance, minimum instructional hours, subjects taught and records kept.  These details are explained in the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Information Packet.

In order for a non-public school to obtain a KDE issued school number the school must complete the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Certification process. Details regarding this process can be found in the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Information Packet.

The KyNPSC, Inc. membership is from religiously-affiliated schools, private independent schools, and home schools.

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Covington, KY 41011-3115
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The group was incorporated in 1993, and in 1994 the KBE approved the KyNPSC’s accreditation process. At that same time a total of nine “third-party” accreditation agencies had their processes approved for recognition by the state. The ten officially-recognized accrediting groups are:

  • The KyNPSC, Inc.
  • American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) / AdvancEd
  • Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • North American Division of Seventh Day Adventists
  • International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA)
  • Association Montessori International (AMI)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

3wishes charity granting wishes to nursing home residents

“Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents.”


We are powered by kid activists who are heroes for our elders. We exist to bring joy to the lives of the 1.5 million elders living in America’s nursing homes, most notably the 975,000 residents subsisting on a government stipend as low as $40 per month. We serve all nursing home residents but especially the lonely and the poor. With your help we can make a difference by providing nursing home residents with small items they need to make life sweeter. Learn more about our Kid Board, what we do and how to get involved.

11-year-old expands her charity granting wishes to nursing home residents

At a nursing home in northwest Arkansas, 11-year-old Ruby Chitsey likes to go to work with her mom, a nurse who travels to several nursing homes in the area. And it was on one of those visits that Ruby started going up to residents with her notepad and asking them, “If you could have any three things, what would they be?” And so started a charity called “Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents.” Steve Hartman reports.

I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them

I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them

Here’s what they had to say.


The usual industry and education narrative about cell phones, social media, and digital technology generally is that they build community, foster communication, and increase efficiency, thus improving our lives. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent reformulation of Facebook’s mission statement is typical: the company aims to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

Without their phones, most of my students initially felt lost, disoriented, frustrated, and even frightened. That seemed to support the industry narrative: look how disconnected and lonely you’ll be without our technology.

But after just two weeks, the majority began to think that their cell phones were in fact limiting their relationships with other people, compromising their own lives, and somehow cutting them off from the “real” world. Here is some of what they said.

Mark Zuckerberg is gonna die on a hill of Trump disinformation.

Esteemed Reporter Carole Cadwalla takes down piece of shit Mark Zuckerberg at TedTalk

Years of Mark Zuckerberg’s old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it ‘mistakenly deleted’ them.

Mercer, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Page, Brinn, Dorsey Handmaidens to Authoritarism

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’


How to delete old Facebook posts in bulk

How to delete old Facebook posts in bulk

Try the Chrome extension to bulk-delete your Facebook history.

Social Book Post Manager is a Chrome Extension that automates the task of deleting your Facebook posts in bulk from Facebook’s Activity Log.


  • Open CHROME  install the Social Book Post Manager
  • Go to Facebook.com in Chrome and log into your Facebook account if not already done.
  • Click on your name in the top-left (alongside the Facebook search bar) to go to your Profile.
  • Click on Activity Log in the bottom-right corner of your Cover image.
  • Use the Filters available on the left side appropriately to filter out posts matching certain specific criteria.
  • Now click on the extension from the top-right corner of Chrome to launch Social Book Post Manager.
  • Use the available filters like “Year”, “Month”, “Text Contains” and “Text Not Contains” to select posts matching the respective criteria. If you want to delete all posts, choose “Select All” in the dropdown for both Year and Month.
  • Optionally, check on “Prescan on Page” if you want to review the selections post scanning.
  • Choose a suitable speed of automation, between 0.25x and 16x.
  • Finally, click on “Delete”, “Privacy”, “Hide/Unhide”, “Unlike” or “Backup” to perform respective actions on the selected posts matched by given criteria.


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Facebook and ask them to delete your account. Send your request

K12 Education: Learn and Teach the public how to identify Fake News
Facebook deletes data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach

Does K12 monitor your computer and How to Protect your Privacy Online.
Facebook with failing to delete past users’ data, even though

Social Networks: How to Fix and Report Problems: Facebook and Twitter Privacy…
Facebook’s co-founder blasts social media: “It literally

Educational CyberPlayGround: Cell phone Security: How to jailbreak, Jam Cell…
sensitive information pile up inside our cell phones, and deleting

How To Erase Your Online History.
it is unclear whether the data survives on servers after you delete

Federal Judge Invites Scammed Students to Propose Additional Punishments for Betsy DeVos

Cruella DeVos Needs to go to Jail!

Federal Judge Invites Scammed Students to Propose Additional Punishments for Betsy DeVos

The courts have had it up to here with Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Betsy DeVos and her agency’s repeat—and apparently ongoing—violation of court orders that require her to stop milking scammed college students for student loan repayments. And now, it’s the students’ turn to potentially bring some pain.

In a terse and harsh two-page filing on Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim called out DeVos for her unlawful efforts to extract those payments from the student victims—who are plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the DOE over those illegal actions taken to force and coerce federal remuneration.

Judge Kim noted:

The compliance reports filed by [DeVos and the DOE] have introduced new material facts that are directly relevant to the amount of sanctions appropriate to compensate for [DeVos and the DOE’s] flagrant and continuing violation of the preliminary injunction.

The Terrain of Freedom: Mapping Stories about People and Places in the African American Struggle for Justice

Guha Shankar: “The AFC just launched a Storymap on the Freedom struggle in the formative stages of the Civil Rights History Project.  It has been a most mind-opening and inspiring journey to work with so many talented folklorists and fellow travelers in history, libraries/archives, digital content management, etc. to document, sustain, curate and broaden the public discourse and knowledge of the topic. And it has been a privilege like few other experiences.”

Here’s the blog about the initiative   –

The Terrain of Freedom: Mapping Stories about People and Places in the African American Struggle for Justice, Rights, & Equality December 4, 2019 by Guha Shankar


…and the Storymap itself is here….

Protest Impeach and Remove Chants

On the Protest Playgrounds of Life

When democracy is under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
When the Constitution is under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
When our rights are under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back! (2x)

(Call) Who is above the law?
(Response) Nobody’s above the law!
(Call) Is Trump above the law?
(Response) Nobody’s above the law!


When I say Impeach
You say REMOVE

(Call) Impeach…
(Response) Remove


Ain’t no power like the power of the people,

‘cuz the power of the people won’t stop!

Say what!


Hey, hey, Ho, Ho

Donald Trump has got to go

Hey, hey, ho ho

House and Senate can make him go




(Call) Show me what democracy looks like!
(Response) This is what democracy looks like!

Impeach Trump and don’t you wait! 

Yiddish New York (YNY), the nation’s largest workshop/festival for Yiddish music, language and culture,

On behalf of Peter Rushefsky, executive director at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, I would like to let you know about Yiddish New York (YNY), the nation’s largest workshop/festival for Yiddish music, language and culture, taking place from December 21-26, 2019 around the East Village/Lower East Side.

More than 80 leading figures in Yiddish culture are on the faculty, and lectures/workshops are held daily at the 14th Street Y in everything from klezmer music to Yiddish theater, history, literature, films, walking tours, Yiddish lessons and a wonderful kids/teens program. A number of prominent folklorists/scholars working with Yiddish culture are featured. Evening events feature concerts, folk dancing, jam sessions and more!

Full six-day passes and single day passes are available, as well as tickets to individual evening events. To receive a 10% discount on 6-day registrations, enter the code “YNY10” when registering online.

Go to http://www.yiddishnewyork.com/ for more information.




this is an anti-trust case – the fight is over getting students to enroll, cause kids don’t want to go to college anymore – they don’t want the debt – colleges are closing …. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$


In September 2019, NACAC members voted to remove the Recruiting Rules from

the CEPP. Removal of the Recruiting Rules became effective as of the time of the vote.

NACAC’s Recruiting Rules were unlawful restraints of trade that violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1. The United States seeks an order prohibiting such
agreements and other relief.


Defendant NACAC is located in, and represents members that do business in, the United States. The rules at issue affected primarily the provision of college services in the United States. The colleges that provide these college services charge significant prices to students, many of whom legally reside outside the state. The sale of college services, and the NACAC rules that affect the sale, are therefore in the flow of and substantially affect interstate commerce.
The Court has subject matter jurisdiction under Section 4 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 4, and under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1337, to prevent and restrain Defendant and its members from violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1.