Former Houston school superintendent Rod Paige has emerged from his lucrative consulting and speaking career to criticize the right-wingers trying to politicize the state's curriculum.
"We in Texas have allowed ideology to drive and define the standards of our ... curriculum and it has swung from liberal to conservative depending upon the members of the State Board," Paige told the board. "It's unreasonable to expect you to make decisions without some reference to your ideology, but we've swung too far from one way to the next, and I'm asking you to narrow the swing."
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Paige urged the board to delay this week's vote on new curriculum standards, which have caused nationwide controversy with the mandates to promote the right-wing agenda while criticizing civil rights leaders and removing Thomas Jefferson from a discussion of Enlightenment thinkers.
"Wow, this is kind of a shocker," the Dallas Morning News said of Paige's remarks.
The SBOE will be meeting the rest of the week; a vote on the new standards is expected, despite Paige's advice.