The anti-maskers, anti-vaxers, anti-diversity, anti-LGBTQ, anti-library, anti-education zealots in Texas just think they are the leaders in moving America ahead by taking it back. They aren't. Texans are followers. The real leaders of the "anti" movement are elsewhere. To see where trends in Texas are leading, look to Idaho.
Why don't we hear more about Idaho? Perhaps because Idaho is small. Perhaps because it's far away. Say Idaho and most people think of potatoes. Think harder and maybe preppers, fugitives, and separatists come to mind. Those fringe characters used to be confined to the deep woods. More and more they live openly in cities like Boise and are taking over state government at all levels. They are two steps ahead of even Texas in taking the state backwards. If you want to see where Texas is going, look to Idaho. The Oregonian published a story titled "War on Public Education in Idaho causes businesses to rethink locating, expanding there."
Political hostility to public education in the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature is causing some businesses to doubt the wisdom of moving to or expanding in a state that ranks at or near the bottom in what it spends on K-12 students and has one of the nation’s worst graduation rates.
The Legislature also targeted higher education earlier this year when it cut $2.5 million from universities despite a budget surplus. An influential libertarian group that wants to abolish public education entirely says it will push for a $20 million cut to universities in 2022.
For preschoolers, lawmakers earlier this year rejected a $6 million early childhood learning federal grant from the Trump administration. One Republican lawmaker said he opposed anything making it easier for mothers to work outside the home.
According to the National Education Association, the $7,705 Idaho spent per student in the 2019-2020 school year ranked it last in the nation.
"Our public schools are grotesque, and adding more money is not going to solve the problem," [the president of the influential, libertarian Idaho Freedom Foundation] Wayne Hoffman, said during a speech in northern Idaho earlier this month. "The government should not be in the education business. They’re brainwashing our kids."Source: Oregon Live.
If all that doesn't sound familiar enough, consider this paragraph, which reads likes something that could have been ripped from this month's RISD's "School Times".
In northern Idaho, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is reviewing the accreditation of North Idaho College after three of the five nonpartisan board of trustee seats were won by candidates backed by the far-right Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. With the majority, the board without cause fired the college president.Source: Oregon Live.
There's an unfolding unnatural disaster happening in Idaho. With the recent election of stealth "anti" candidates to the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees, and the subsequent ouster of the superintendent by the new majority, the unnatural disaster is unfolding here at home, too. I've seen Texas's future. It's in Idaho.