Monday, night I was on KNBC’s The Filter, which has rebooted after hiatus. The two topics were Carly Fiorina’s new political video, and about the conservative revisions to Texas’s text books—changes that may affect California’s school texts as well.
In early February, Carly Fiorina-–the ex-Hewlitt Packard CEO who wants Barbara Boxer’s senate seat—ran a truly odd and unintentionally hilarious political ad depicting her primary opponent, Tom Campbell, as a demon sheep. The ad, (which is jaw-droppingly bizarre,), resulted in a jump in Campbell’s fundraising and his poll numbers.
Now Fiorina and her ad guy, Fred Davis, are taking aim at Boxer—with a new 7-plus minute commercial that depicts Senator Barb as a gigantic blimp. It’s pretty funny.
But will it help Fiorina? That’s what we talked about on the segment.
And then we went on to…..
The second topic was the conservative fact-revision spree by the Texas Board of Education, which has a 10/5 Republican majority. The conservative cabal happily fiddled with the state’s curriculum guidelines. Here’s what the NY Times reported.
Republicans on the board have passed more than 100 amendments to the 120-page curriculum standards affecting history, sociology and economics courses from elementary to high school. The standards were proposed by a panel of teachers.
Among other things, say those opposed to the edit, the board dropped the reference to one of the most influential political philosophers in American history â€” Thomas Jefferson.
(By the way, a report about the Texas revisions on Fox News claims that the panel of teachers who originally set the standards, cut such figures such as Christopher Columbus and Thomas Edison out of the curriculum. I checked the teachers’ recommendations and most of what Fox makes a fuss about—didn’t happen. Check for yourself.)
The Texas Freedom Network live blogged the board meeting here.
Even the Dallas Morning News has an editorial that says the Ed Board has gone too far.