I understand the desire to offer students more flexibility -- but I'm concerned about what this means is going to be dropped from the curriculum.
A bill that would make high school graduation requirements for Texas students more flexible passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday morning.
Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, amended the bill before passage to address criticism from the state’s higher education commissioner that the plan would leave students ill prepared for college. The revised bill calls for all students to take three years of science instead of two.
The changes come seven years after state lawmakers toughened high school graduation standards, requiring students to take four years each of English, math, science and social studies under the default diploma plan. School officials since have complained that students should not have to follow such a rigid plan, while business leaders have pushed for more challenging vocational electives to help prepare the rising workforce.
As a social studies teacher, I have a question for the Senator -- what do you want to see dropped from the social studies graduation requirement?
US History Since Reconstruction?
US Government and Economics?
Come on, Dan -- which of those subjects do you believe Texas students can do without? Given that your bill strikes the economics and US Government requirements from state law, I think I can figure out the answer -- and am utterly appalled. As written, your bill will create future generations of economically and constitutionally illiterate voters who don't understand what our limits our Constitution puts on government or how the economy works -- in other words, Democrat voters.