“Texas On My Mind This Monday Morning”

Yes, I know that there is a song entitled “Georgia on my mind” and I was probably thinking of a version that Willie Nelson sang. But the one that should have come up was the Ray Charles version. And it checking this out I discovered that the original song was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell in the 1930s. 

It has been suggested that Gorrell wrote the lyrics for this song with Carmichael’s sister, Georgia, in mind. But the way the song goes, it could easily be about the state of Georgia as well (which is how I have always “heard” it).

What this does though is speak to the issue and the reason for having Texas on my mind this Monday morning.  There are times when what we know is not always the case.

If you don’t know by now, you need to know that I have lived in Texas on two separate occasions in my life. And those times, coupled with growing up in the South, have provided a different view of this country and this world. I just wish that other people had a wider view of the world but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

We tend to see the world in terms of where we are and how we grew up. We figure that things happen the same way everywhere and we don’t realize that is not always the case.

The Texas Board of Education is once again thinking about science textbooks. And this means that members of the board are, once again, looking at the inclusion of creationism and intelligent design in science textbooks (both biology and elementary level).

Now, why should this matter to you, especially if you don’t live in Texas? First, the decisions that the Texas Board of Education makes concerning textbooks affects every public school in the state. And because of the number of books that this represents, publishers tend to follow the decision very closely. This means that decisions concerning textbooks in New York will be affected, influenced, and decided by the decisions made in Texas. So Texas should be on your mind this Monday morning.

I have some other thoughts about what it is that we believe and what we know, both in terms of the Bible, religion, faith and education in general but I will hold onto those thoughts for a while.

Let’s just say that we need to look at the direction our educational process is taking and asking if it is preparing us for tomorrow and the solution of problems that haven’t yet developed. Our educational process does help solve problems but only problems for which we already know the answer. What will we do when we are faced with an entirely new problem, one we have never envisioned or encountered?

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