Education

Cynthia Dunbar: New Texas Science Text a Trojan Horse For Common Core, "Socialized Education"

Texas is one of a handful of states that hasn't adopted the coming Common Core curriculum standards, but former State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar nonetheless believes that the creep of "socialized education" is apparent in a new environmental science text.

In an innuendo-heavy segment that could be debunked with the most cursory Google search, she told Fox News' Steve Doocy the textbook approved by the SBOE may be evidence of publishers "gearing" their products toward Common Core, which hasn't been implemented yet. She pointed to the complaints of a petroleum geologist and Railroad Commission of Texas candidate Becky Berger, who submitted some vague, 11th-hour testimony about the "misleading" depictions of climate change, and an allegedly negative discussion of fracking. The publisher agreed to some very minor changes to mollify conservatives on the SBOE, but nothing as substantive as Berger claimed.

That her objections -- which she admitted were based on two-hours worth of research -- weren't implemented in full led Doocy and Dunbar to conclude that she was being persecuted for running as a Republican, somehow, before an SBOE that is controlled by Republicans.

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Brantley Hargrove