Kiwi Polemicist

• Extracts from the Texas Education Code/Law

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Chapter 4 – objectives of the education system

The mission of the public education system of this state is to
ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education
that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate
now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational
opportunities of our state and nation. That mission is grounded on
the conviction that a general diffusion of knowledge is essential
for the welfare of this state and for the preservation of the
liberties and rights of citizens.

Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children. This is implying that educators have rights over children that equal those of parents.

Educators will prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our state and national heritage and who can understand and productively function in a free enterprise society. Note the teaching of state values. It is also interesting to note that academic goals are an entirely separate section of the Code, i.e. the social goals are important enough to warrant their own section.

Section 25.082 – reciting the pledge of allegiance

The board of trustees of each school district shall
require students, once during each school day at each school in the
district, to recite:
(1)  the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag
in accordance with 4 U.S.C. Section 4, and its subsequent
amendments;  and
(2)  the pledge of allegiance to the state flag in
accordance with Subchapter C, Chapter 3100, Government Code.
(c)  On written request from a student’s parent or guardian,
a school district shall excuse the student from reciting a pledge of
allegiance under Subsection (b).
(d)  The board of trustees of each school district shall
provide for the observance of one minute of silence at each school
in the district following the recitation of the pledges of
allegiance to the United States and Texas flags under Subsection
(b).  During the one-minute period, each student may, as the student
chooses, reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent
activity that is not likely to interfere with or distract another
student.  Each teacher or other school employee in charge of
students during that period shall ensure that each of those
students remains silent and does not act in a manner that is likely
to interfere with or distract another student.

That sure sounds like a religious ceremony to me. The pledge of allegiance to the US flag is laid down in law thus:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The pledge of allegiance to the Texas state flag is also laid down in law:

“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”

If this isn’t an attempt to make obedient little robots, what is?

Section 25.086 – home schooling

A child is exempt from the requirements of compulsory school attendance if the child…attends a private or parochial school that includes in its course a study of good citizenship.

So the state will kindly allow you to home school your child if you teach what the state considers to “good citizenship”. Thus even home schoolers cannot entirely avoid teaching the state values mentioned above, and if the state doesn’t like what you teach they can force your child to attend school.

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  1. […] Marx clearly intended the state to take control of education so that the “ruling class” could no longer influence their children. The ruling class – capitalists – were naturally opposed to the theft of Communism and Marx wished to fill the heads of their children with Communist ideas. Click here to see how the laws of Texas require the teaching of state values today. […]

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