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

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#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
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html>

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.

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K12 EDUCATION in Kentucky gets a C-

This map is never included in a Social Studies Textbook

K12PlayGround.com Resources show

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

3wishes charity granting wishes to nursing home residents

“Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents.”

https://3wishes.global/

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.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614934/teenagers-without-cell-phones/

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’

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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!

2-4-6-8
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.

 

Twitter trolls cause epileptic seizures on twitter

HEALTH Twitter trolls cause epileptic seizures on twitter
#followFriday

@cyberplayground

@NetHappenings

Foundation says Twitter trolls have bombarded its Twitter feed with seizure-inducing content to harm epilepsy victims.
Epilepsy Foundation files criminal complaint over seizure-inducing videos posted on Twitter Foundation says Twitter trolls have bombarded its Twitter feed with seizure-inducing content to harm epilepsy victims.

The foundation says unidentified users posted flashing or strobing lights as responses to its tweets, and using popular epilepsy-related hashtags, hoping to cause seizures for people who have photosensitive epilepsy and were viewing their posts.

The attacks were carried out last month during the National Epilepsy Awareness Month “when the greatest number of people with epilepsy and seizures were likely to be following the feed,” the foundation said. Over 30 different Twitter accounts participated, it said.

These attacks are no different than a person carrying a strobe light into a convention of people with epilepsy and seizures, with the intention of inducing seizures and thereby causing significant harm to the participants,” said Allison Nichol, Esq., director of legal advocacy for the Epilepsy Foundation.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/epilepsy-foundation-files-criminal-complaint-over-seizure-inducing-videos-posted-on-twitter/

Be A Flu Fighter!

Be A Flu Fighter! Protect Yourself and Others

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/partners/flu-fighters.htm

Call the CDC 800-232-4636

Every year people around the world work to study, track, and prevent flu. This page profiles some of these flu fighters and the work they are doing to contribute to flu prevention in the U.S. and around the world!

The National Influenza Prevention and Vaccination Campaign aims to increase flu vaccination rates among all people 6 months of age and older across the United States, with a special focus on health care professionals and those populations at high risk of flu complications including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, seniors, and young children.

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! Did you know that flu season can begin as early as October, it usually peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May? As long as flu virsues are spreading, it's not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones through fall, winter and into spring. #GetAFluVax

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and campaign partners in promoting vaccination messages using various digital platforms and partner resources.

For more involved partnership request, email fluinbox@cdc.gov

It’s Not Too Late!

It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Get a flu vaccine now if you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness. Flu vaccination also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby born to a vaccinated mom for several months after birth. Flu vaccine also has been shown to save children’s lives, prevent serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease, and prevent flu-related hospitalization among working age adults and older adults. Getting vaccinated isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect others around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick, such as babies, older adults, and pregnant women.

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the

HealthMap Vaccine Finder  https://vaccinefinder.org/

Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges

Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges

https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Chairman%20Scott%20Threatens%20to%20Subpoena%20Secretary%20DeVos.pdf

 

or

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20191111175557/https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Chairman%20Scott%20Threatens%20to%20Subpoena%20Secretary%20DeVos.pdf

YES! Child Brides in the US – Human Rights Abuse

The shameful practice of child marriage still happening in the US.

In half of US states, the law does not specify any minimum age below which a child cannot marry.

Why does the US have so many child brides?

Angel was 13 when her mother forced her to marry and start a family. “I felt like a slave,” she says of her childhood.

While countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and El Salvador have recently banned child marriage, it remains legal in the US – and half of states have no set minimum age below which you cannot get married.

There are hundreds of thousands of child brides in AMERICA where kiddie weddings are still legal… despite even being banned in Zimbabwe
Child marriage remains legal in the US and half of states have no set minimum age below which a child can’t get married.

IDAHO HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF CHILD BRIDES IN THE COUNTRY

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-41727495/why-does-the-us-have-so-many-child-brides

Married at 15: America’s Child Brides

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At 16 I had 6 children

American child bride cases chronicled in shocking BBC documentary: ‘We have to think about these girls’
https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/american-child-bride-bbc-documentary

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article228228479.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4756732/child-brides-usa-marriage-forced-zimbabwe/

Child Bride Abuse is Legal in the U.S. – WHY?? HEY @RepSpeier do something!