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Bush Scion Offering Online Class on Texas History and Character

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 02:05 PM

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the oldest son of likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, is teaching an online class on the history of his state and how it relates to character.

Bush considered by many to be the heir apparent to the Bush political dynasty, will stream the 30-minute lesson Friday on YouTube, reports Politico. The lesson focuses on the how the character of Texas' first settlers reflects on lessons that apply in today's world.

"In the early 1800s, the opportunity to own inexpensive, abundant land in pre-Republic Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Stephen F. Austin's colony," a description of the course reads on the state's General Land Office website. "Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling this land."

A supplementary questionnaire asks people taking the course to determine if they have character by answering true-or-false questions like "I do what needs to be done," "I am reliable and dependable," and "I am a good and dependable friend."

The supplement also includes essay questions that ask "Do you think you are a trustworthy person? Why or why not?," or "Would someone who knows you give the same answers you just provided?" and "Why would the answers be the same or different?"

The packet also includes early lessons from Texans, which were gathered from the office's archive. And after the lesson is completed, Texas students in the fourth and seventh grades may take part in a "Save Texas History Texas Travels Essay Contest."

Bush's mother, Columba, was born and raised in Mexico.

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