Monday, December 8, 2008

TEXAS BOARD OF ED MEMBER CALLS PUBLIC EDUCATION A 'PERVERSION'

Star Telegram, TX - An Austin watchdog group has called for the removal of State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, from the board’s committee that governs what is taught in public schools and which textbooks are adopted. The Texas Freedom Network, a group that opposes religious influence on public education, is reacting to Dunbar’s newly published book, One Nation Under God, which refers to public education as "a subtly deceptive tool of perversion" and calls the establishment of public schools unconstitutional and "tyrannical.". . .

In her book, Dunbar writes that she believes public schools are unconstitutional because they undermine the scriptural authority of families to direct their children’s education. Her own children have been privately educated and home-schooled.

Reached Friday, Dunbar said her book was written for Christian parents who are looking for educational options compatible with their beliefs. The phrase "deceptive tool of perversion" is explained further and in context in the book, she said.

"I also go on at the end of the chapter and say that I do not believe that it would be responsible to dismantle a system that educates more than 80 percent of the children in this country," Dunbar said. "We need to try now to implement the best system of public education that we can."

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