Moments ago the State Board of Education cast the final vote on new social studies standards, ending more than a year of political wrangling that invited derision and scorn from the entire educational world. I'm not going to take you through the litany of problems with this curriculum. You can read about those on our blog or in the hundreds of news stories that will appear in the media tomorrow. All of these issues, as serious as they are, are really symptoms of the larger problem -- allowing politicians with personal agendas to write our children' curriculum, rather than teachers and scholars.
That's why today's vote is not the end of this fight. It's the beginning.
For 15 years, all of us at TFN have been committed to safeguarding our children's education from political ideology. And we're not about to let up now.
Our ultimate goal is nothing less than fundamental change at the State Board of Education. Parents, business leaders and concerned citizens across Texas must join together in our Just Educate campaign to send a clear message to politicians: stop dragging our children’s schools into the “culture wars.” That's why TFN is mounting our largest grassroots mobilization effort in the history of the organization. And we are counting on you to take part.
TFN's strategy is ambitious and aggressive -- and you can be sure that far-right pressure groups will continue to shell out millions of dollars to hold on to their power. That’s why we're asking you for the most generous gift you can make today.
Together, we can do it. Our kids deserve better. Our future depends on it.