Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
What is the philosophy of Texas’s K-12 public school rooms?
There isn’t one, at least there’s nothing called a philosophy.
However, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a vision embedded in its Strategic Priorities:
The TEA works to improve outcomes for all public school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems, working towards the vision that every child in Texas is an independent thinker and graduates prepared for success in college, a career, or the military, and as an engaged, productive citizen. To achieve this vision for public education in Texas, the Agency has outlined specific strategic priorities to guide and focus our work on behalf of the more than five million school children in our State.
The vision for Texas’s students is commendable: high school graduates who are independent thinkers, prepared for success in college, career, or military, and citizenship. In a public school setting, it may be the best that can be proclaimed.
But is there more to life than what the above vision implies?
“Why am I here?”
“What is my purpose?”
“Is there something or nothing after this life?”
There are many life questions that go well beyond TEA’s vision that are never formally addressed in Texas’s public classrooms.
One might argue that these questions and their like are, and legally should be, off limits in Texas public schools.
In this writing, there is no problem with that assertion, but that’s not the point.
The point is that there are implications. What are they?