As the Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education considers radical changes to social studies standards for K-8 students, Julie Pickren, the Republican nominee for SBOE Place 7, announced at CPAC that the new standards are “not right for Texas.”
Held in Dallas last week, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) featured a host of conservative speakers, several of whom focused on education.
Pickren, a former Alvin ISD trustee currently running for the SBOE, began by stating, “Nobody in this room is a domestic terrorist,” referencing the infamous letter from the National School Board Association requesting that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the U.S. Department of Justice investigate parents protesting at school board meetings as domestic terrorism.
“Article 7 of the Texas Constitution says the whole purpose of a free and public education is to preserve our liberties and our freedoms, and this does not do that,” said Pickren on the new standards, which ask students to address advanced abstract concepts from the age of 5 and removes foundational principles, such as voting, from elementary school classrooms.
“Our children belong to us. They belong to the parents; they belong to the family. Our children do not belong to the government,” said Pickren.
Notably, the proposed curriculum standards are increasingly globalist in nature, and Pickren identifies them as part of the “International Baccalaureate Program, which is the U.N.’s curriculum capstone.”
According to Pickren, “By the U.N.’s own words, they say this is the capstone of education for them.”
“It is not right for Texas,” said Pickren in response.
As parents across the state reckon with sexually explicit materials in children’s libraries, racist curricula in classrooms, a multitude of inappropriate teacher-student relationships, and mounting debt and corruption, the SBOE intends to fundamentally change the teaching of social studies (history, civics, and government) to reflect a globalist mindset over American exceptionalism.
The SBOE is expected to meet in November to vote on the proposed standards.
Concerned citizens can contact their SBOE member to register any concerns.