The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state's ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. The results, say historians, are dire.
Four years ago, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted new standards, known as TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), for social studies textbooks in the state's schools. The process ignited an international media storm. When it was done, even the explicitly conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute gave TEKS a D, on the grounds that it amounted to political and cultural indoctrination, a dash of mindless inclusivity, and brute memorization. read more
September 18, 2014: The United States added more than 2.3 million jobs in 2013, the most in any year since 2005. Despite this, income levels and poverty rates did not improve in most of the United States last year, according to recently released figures from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. read more
An excerpt of store security video shot from a different angle appears to show Michael Brown at a check-out counter paying for his cigars before the apparent confrontation with the store clerk, calling into question the police claim that he was stealing them. "It's not clear why the clerk confronted Brown, and why the much larger 18-year-old shoved the clerk, if no robbery was involved," writes William Norman Grigg of LewRockwell.Com. "One possibility is that the altercation occurred because the clerk 'carded' the 18-year-old, who was of legal age to buy tobacco products in Missouri."
The 50 States Of America If They Were Actually High School Kids. read more
Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.
Nestlé's Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution."
Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It's time we took a stand for public water sources. read more