Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee is the dean of California political writers and today he’s got a gem. Walters criticizes including yet another entry on the state’s list of population groups required to be taught in a positive light in history classes.
The latest effort is Senate Bill 993 by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, which would require social science instruction on the “braceros,” a long-expired federal program that brought workers into the country, mostly from Mexico, during and after World War II to offset farm labor shortages.
Lest Walters be accused of insensitivity, he rightly directs attention to the real crisis facing California’s schools:
In a state as diverse as California, there’s literally a bottomless well of ethnic and cultural groups that could seek inclusion not only on the instruction list but in the liturgy of those that must be portrayed only in the most positive terms.
We don’t need to brainwash our kids. We need to give them well-rounded, accurate instruction that prepares them for life beyond childhood – and our poor academic test scores indicate that we’re neglecting that important task while filling their minds with feel-good pap.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an alternative to such a broken system by applying your tax dollars to tuition at a private or charter school of your choice? If you think so, check out Troy’s column on Bobby Jindal’s school reform breakthrough in Louisiana.
And if you’re a pap-hating Californian with school-age kids, consider moving.