Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am almost done sending all my Christmas cards — 100 total — but just need a few more addresses. Even though my kids are off from school right now, I managed to wrap all their Christmas gifts, write them letters from Santa in fancy gold pen, and hide the packages. I just need to stuff their stockings, which I will do, if and when, they go to bed on Christmas Eve. :)

Where are you in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Our “capasb,” by the way, has a diary and excellent on-going series called “Getting it DONE.” (Warning: cute kid drawing in the most recent edition!)

The Texas NAACP and Texas League of United Latin American Citizens have called on the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the Lone Star’s newly approved curriculum under the premise that it was “made with the intention to discriminate” and would have a “stigmatizing impact” on African-American and Latino students. From the Huffington Post:

“The State of Texas is failing to provide many of its minority students with equal educational opportunities,” documents sent to the federal department said.

The request, signed by Gary Bledsoe, president of the state NAACP, and Joey D. Cardenas Jr., state director of Texas LULAC, asked that implementation of the curriculum changes and new standardized tests be stopped for being racially or ethnically offensive or historically inaccurate.

Besides the curriculum complaint, they accused the state, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Board of Education of “miseducation” of minority students, disparate discipline for minority students, using accountability standards to impose sanctions on schools with high numbers of minority students and rules leading to underrepresentation of minorities in gifted and talented school programs.

That’s one case I will be following.

In celebrity gossip break: want a preview of American Idol new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez? Check out this OMG! article. Will you be watching this season?

Have a wonderful holiday all! What are you up to today?


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. He was shot before giving the Eucharist at a mass by right-wing death squads because he often railed against poverty and oppression of the poor during his homilies. He is a revered figure in Latin America, and someone my husband names as a personal role model on his website. I was sad to learn on a Daily Show news clip that certain members of the Texas State Board of Education had him stricken from the social studies curriculum. Here is the news clip on it and a wonderful homage to Archbishop Romero on Jim Wallis’s God’s Politics blog.

In somewhat related news, the Texas State Board of Education also gave preliminary approval last week to replacing the word “capitalism” with “free enterprise” in school textbooks, according to the Austin American Statesman.

I have to say, I am loving the Democratic Party lately. In addition to the passage of healthcare reform, the Congressional Democrats have introduced a bill to give needy students Pell grants as opposed to private loans, according to the New York Times.  

The Washington Post ran a sad “trend” story about separated couples who must live together because they cannot afford to divorce.

Twelve states plan to sue over the recent healthcare reform bill President Obama signed into law yesterday, according to Business Week. The states’ attorneys claim the law will place additional burdens on their already tight budgets. Those states are Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Call your governor’s offices, ladies!

Octomom Nadya Suleman is back in the news again. This time, she has fallen behind $450,000 on the mortgage and may lose the house, according to TMZ.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?