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Dear God, Texas. What have you wrought?

Texas Governor Rick Perry opines on school reform:

Well, there is a lot of fat to cut from our public schools, especially those in our biggest urban areas like Houston and Dallas. I am concerned that some the highly diverse Magnet public schools in this city are becoming hotbeds for liberalism.  Do we really need free school bus service, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, ESL, special needs and enrichment programs like music, art or math Olympiad? I think we should get back to the basics of the three Rs, reading writing and arithmetic. I mean when is the last time a 6th grade science fair project yielded a cure for a disease?

But wait, there’s more:

I really don’t see why high schools should have to teach college level courses like calculus, economics, physics, chemistry or biology. Not all children go to college anyway.  Texas has plenty of on the job training programs that teach skills and trades. Oil field workers need to know how to operate machines that extract oil. They don’t need calculus to do their job.

Because every child in Texas is going to operate machines that extract oil. Got that? No child in Texas should assume they will go to college, or earn a living beyond that which King Perry decrees.

Except for these children:

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and I have met with leaders in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and area evangelical churches. The goal is to establish affordable fundamentalist Christian learning and cultural centers that would serve as an alternative to public schools. Republican members of the State Board of Education have graciously agreed to step down from their positions and serve as curriculum specialists for the Christian cultural centers. A limited number of tuition waivers will be made available for economically disadvantaged Christian Republican voters.

That last paragraph was from the elected governor of Texas, mind you. (ok, so maybe it wasn’t. at least, not exactly that way 1) And in case you’ve forgotten, those Republican members of the State Board of Education caused quite a stir last year.

If Texas is a bellwether for the rest of the nation, we’re in a heap of trouble. WTF, Texas?

1Yes, the original post was snark and satire, but if you click through the links in the original post, you find the snark to be fact-based. Except maybe the part about the Republicans stepping down from the Texas State Board of Education. Sometimes satire is prophetic.

(h/t PZ Myers)

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