In case you can't tell, I'm a little irked. Here in Texas, there is a debate going on concerning our Public School Curriculum. You see, the state of Texas decided long ago not to adopt the National Curriculum (no surprise there) and does a review every ten years to see what, if any, modifications they might want to make. Then the recommended changes are voted on in the Spring. This year some of the recommendations include:
1. Discontinuing the use of the terms BC and AD (Before Christ and Anno Domini), and instead using BCE and CE (Before Common Era and Common Era), in order to be more politically correct.
2. Removing the background on the story of Christopher Columbus. (Goodness knows we wouldn't want to talk about his religious quest)
3. Removing all reference to Christmas, including that it even exists! (Just don't mention it)
Oh, there are others, these are just three that REALLY bug me.
All of you should be aware of this because it really isn't fair. Here's why: If Texas doesn't want to adopt the National Curriculum, fine, but because Texas is so huge, and is such a large purchaser of textbooks, what Texas does has a gigantic effect on the rest of the country, and it's classrooms.
Isn't it just so irritating?