A different kind of lesson

According to the Austin Chronicle’s “Naked City” blog, linked below, a group of Austin eighthgraders got more than a lesson in how to rewrite history when they attended a meeting of the State Board of Education last week. They also learned that free speech can be a dicey exercise in the presence of thinskinned adults.

The magnet students from Fulmore Middle School were kicked out of the meeting by SBOE Chairwoman Gail Lowe after they applauded the remarks of state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer. He was one of several legislators urging the board (unsuccessfully) to delay a final vote on its politically altered social studies curriculum standards.

The students, accompanied by parent and former Austin City Council Member Brigid Shea, were on a social studies field trip.

Way to go, Lowe.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A1035033

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