Texas State Board of Education Contact Information for Christmas/Social Studies Battle

ACTION STEP #1:

Click here to contact the SBOE members on the Social Studies/Christmas issue.  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3803

Phone Number: The phone number to call is 512-463-9734

Emails: Send emails to sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

Tell them you want to keep Christmas in the Social Studies curriculum, as it has been for at least the last ten years.

ACTION STEP #2:

Sign the Petition to Keep Christmas in Social Studies curriculum! http://www.christmastextbooks.com/

ACTION STEP #3 (Register to Testify and/or Attend meeting with us next week!):

We need educators (former and current) and parents, and others to come testify with us at the hearing! 

Email us at legislative@freemarket.org if you would like to testify and we’ll give you insight on the process and more! This Friday is the day for testimony sign-up.

This Friday from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can call  512-463-9007 or fax: 512-936-4319 to have your name on the testimony list for the Wednesday, January 13th hearing at the TEA building, here in Austin.

You want to testify on Item #6 for next Wednesday. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=7691

If you plan to testify and/or attend, please let us know so we can be of help to you.  email us at legislative@freemarket.org

Want to support our efforts on this issue and others?  Click here to donate to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

This year, the war on Christmas started early when new proposed social studies statewide curriculum standards, unveiled in August, showed that Diwali would be taught instead of Christmas!  . The study of Christmas had been dropped from the current sixth grade social studies when students normally discuss major religious holidays, including Easter, Yom Kippur, and Ramadaan.  These proposed changes were made by unelected curriculum review members, not State Board of Education members.  Our Director of Legislative Affairs, Jonathan Saenz, discovered this absurd change and brought it to the attention of the State Board of Education members, our supporters and the media. After we went public with this information, their was an immediate public outcry and the State Board of Education chairman stated the Board will likely keep Christmas in social studies.  However, there are 15 Board members and they have not yet voted on keeping Christmas in social studies, so there’s still time to make your voice heard and a chance for the other side to keep Christmas out!  The Board will vote on this issue in January and we will present testimony! 

Click here to see more blog entries on this issue and others!  https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/

20 Responses to Texas State Board of Education Contact Information for Christmas/Social Studies Battle

  1. norma duncan says:

    I am appalled to see how our tax dollars are spent. This is not education, to rewrite history and the things this great couontry was founded on. If our children cannot be taught about Christmas, what foundation is there. I am so thankful my children are grown and did not go to a public school and have their mind filled with this humanistic nonsence.

  2. Kathy Short says:

    Sixth grade social studies should include the study of major holidays including Christmas and Easter.

  3. Jerry says:

    I don’t understand why our Government finds it necessary to change everything this country stands for. It is absurd and these people need to be removed. I do not want my tax dollars paying salary’s for these people.

  4. Harry Gresham says:

    What in the world is “Diwali”? The context seems to make it a religion or perhaps a religious rite. What are these SBOE members, who are supposed to be the representatives of the people of this state, thinking when they approved such an unheard of religion or rite or whatever in place of Christmas. What could move any of them to exclude Christmas from any school learning session? The SBOE needs a radical makeover.

  5. Mr. & Mrs. Joe Bryant says:

    Keep Christmas in the studies like America always has had.

  6. jonathansaenz says:

    Harry, the SBOE has not yet voted on the Christmas issue. The proposed change to omit Christmas was made by unelected curriculum review members, made up mostly of people in the education system. They are not elected. Your angst should be directed at the curriculum review members and TEA, not the State Board of Education members. The SBOE has taken no formal action yet on the Christmas issue as their first opportunity to vote on this issue comes in January.

  7. Mr & Mrs Ivan D. Alexander says:

    Keep Christmas in all text books. Our nation was founded on Godly Principles and shouldn’t be changed.

  8. Gerald Smith says:

    Why hasn’t the SBOE realized the new moral/politically correctness has ruined our children and our nation? “We the people”, CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, WE believe in “GOD, Jesus Christ, TRUTH, HONESTY, TRUE LOVE, FAITH, SHARING, and HELPING THOSE IN NEED” (out of our own pockets). GET REAL, SUPPORT THE PEOPLE!!

  9. DonnaW says:

    It is much worse than just omitting Christmas. Liberals ‘somehow’ hijacked the system so their members were almost 100% of the history writing teams. Then they ‘somehow’ used a liberal set of rules instead of the TAKS as a guideline. Ramparts explains it all with important links to get the full story.
    Ramparts has organized one page that has all the re-write history battle information and links. This helps it all make sense.
    http://ramparts360.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/re-write-history-battle
    PLEASE DO WRITE LETTERS.

  10. Jerry Baker says:

    Keep Christmas in all text books. Our nation was founded on Godly Principles and shouldn’t be changed.

    remember what this contry was founded on

  11. jonathansaenz says:

    Gerald, the SBOE did not propose taking Christmas out, an unelected group of the teaching establishment proposed this change when they reviewed the current curriculum. The SBOE will have it first chance to change this in January.

  12. Dorothy Rino says:

    Christmas is really a pagan holiday. In the 3rd or 4th century Constantine wanted to please the new believers who did not want to give up their joyous holiday, made December the 25th Jesus’ birthday.
    If they do a real study on Christmas, they will not tell much about Jesus anyway.
    If you want to really serve God, obey what he says about what to do on His Holy Days, which we find in the Old and New Testament, and forget about all these none Godly Pagan holidays.

  13. Patricia Stephens says:

    Whose assinine idea was it to leave Christmas out of the curriculum? The same nincompoops who want to leave Christ out of Christmas?

  14. Doris Butcher says:

    This nation was founded on the Bible and Christian principles. Yes, Christmas should be included in the
    curriculum. For many children this may be the only exposure they have to the CHRISTmas Story.

  15. Doris Butcher says:

    Moderation? Am I too out spoken?

  16. I knew about this 30 years ago. Why has it taken this long for people to discover what has been happening. I was worried about the schools then, but everyone thought I was crazy. The schools are responsible for the crazy,unAmerican thinking going on now,especially the colleges. This information was available way back then.Thank goodness it is finally being made public.

  17. Re: the “Pagan Christmas Holliday Comment”, every day of every year belongs to God and honoring Him on this or any other day just pushes Saten out of the picture. December 25 is just as good a day as any other and it is now a Christian tradition.Any excuse to do away with it will be a final goodby.

  18. Re: the “Pagan Christmas Holliday Comment”, every day of every year belongs to God and honoring Him on this or any other day just pushes Saten out of the picture. December 25 is just as good a day as any other and it is now a Christian tradition.Any excuse to do away with it will be a final goodby to a cherished holliday.

  19. […] If you cannot come to testify, please call your State Board of Education member and let them know your concern for the future of Social Studies curriculum in Texas.  Click here for contact information. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/texas-state-board-of-education-contact-inform… […]

  20. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

    I’m Out! :)

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