If Governor Perry is arrogant enough to appoint Cynthia Dunbar as Chair of the State Board of Education I would hope that the State Senate is sensible enough to reject her. How could a person who is bent on dismantling of the public school system be entrusted to head the body chartered for the purpose of advancing public education? She claims that the public school system is unconstitutional? As a lawyer one would believe that she has read the Texas Constitution at least once.
Article 7, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution states: “A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.”.
Ms. Dunbar also appears to be lacking in her factual knowledge of American History and the United States Constitution.
In a letter to John Tyler, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it.”
In her book, Ms. Dunbar claims that the framers of the Constitution formulated an “emphatically Christian Government.”. She also believes that only those who share in HER belief system should be allowed into Government.
Has she heard of the First Amendment? Did she fail her high school history classes? Does she realize that what she advocates is exactly what the founding fathers found reprehensible? In the 18th century, England was a theocracy. Only those of the correct faith were permitted hold public office or receive government commissions.
Lest we forget that Iran is a theocracy. The First amendment is the bulwark that protects us from the perils of a theocracy. Maybe the Texas Bar Association should reexamine her qualifications.