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While You Can’t Learn About Thomas Jefferson In Texas Schools, You Can Learn About Jefferson At This Blog

The so-called Texas State Board of Education has decided to remove Thomas Jefferson from the curriculum taught to school kids in Texas.

(Above–Jefferson as painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1800.)

From a blog in the science magazine Discover

“Board member Cynthia Dunbar wants to change a standard having students study the impact of Enlightenment ideas on political revolutions from 1750 to the present. She wants to drop the reference to Enlightenment ideas (replacing with “the writings of”) and to Thomas Jefferson. She adds Thomas Aquinas and others. Jefferson’s ideas, she argues, were based on other political philosophers listed in the standards. We don’t buy her argument at all. Board member Bob Craig of Lubbock points out that the curriculum writers clearly wanted to students to study Enlightenment ideas and Jefferson. Could Dunbar’s problem be that Jefferson was a Deist? The board approves the amendment, taking Thomas Jefferson OUT of the world history standards.”

The blog post above was written by the scientist Carl Zimmer. Mr. Zimmer often writes about evolution.

Evolution is real.

However, just because you can’t learn about Thomas Jefferson in our Texas schools, does not mean you can’t learn about our third President here in Texas.

You can learn about Thomas Jefferson right here at Texas Liberal.

Here are three strong resources to learn about Jefferson—

The Miller Center for Public affairs at the U. of Virginia has excellent profiles of the Presidents. Here is the profile for President Jefferson.

Here is the link to the plantation home of Mr. Jefferson. This Monticello web site is very well done.

Here are the Thomas Jefferson papers from the Library of Congress. There are also essays about Mr. Jefferson at this site.

Our Texas State Board of Education wants people to be ignorant. Yet we should not be ignorant.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One Year Until Bush Is Gone!—With A Cartoon & Links To Grant And Jefferson


 Excellent news—It’s just one year until George W. Bush is out of office. January 20, 2009 is the day.

To mark the relative proximity of the next inauguration, please note the cartoon above from the Ulysses S. Grant Inauguration of 1869. The point of the cartoon is to mock the ornate Grant ceremony in contrast to the alleged republican simplicity of Thomas Jefferson’s Inauguration in 1801.

Jefferson’s Inauguration is portrayed by the lone man on horseback–Jefferson—in the upper left of the cartoon.  

Ulysses Grant was President from 1869 until 1877.

Thomas Jefferson was President 1801 until 1809.   

Click the links above to Grant and Jefferson and you’ll get the first-rate Presidents pages at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virgina.    

Ulysses Grant smashed the Confederacy.

Mr. Jefferson’s first inaugural address is a famous speech.

Here is a well-known passage—But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. I know, indeed, that some honest men fear that a republican government can not be strong, that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world’s best hope, may by possibility want energy to preserve itself? I trust not. I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest Government on earth. I believe it the only one where every man, at the call of the law, would fly to the standard of the law, and would meet invasions of the public order as his own personal concern. Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.”

Here is the full speech.

To come back to the cartoon, while General Grant may have held the more elaborate swearing-in, he was also born in this quite modest house. It is in Point Pleasant , Ohio which is just up the road from Cincinnati and along the Ohio River. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this home.   

 Below is Monticello where Jefferson lived—

 It is easy to be seen as virtuous when you can act as you have nothing to prove.

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Cincinnati, Political History | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments