Texans hold meeting about controversial Mexican American Studies textbook

Jun 21, 2016

By Isabelle Taft, The Texas Tribune

Spurred in part by frustration at a proposed textbook that has been called racist and inaccurate, over 200 educators, scholars and activists gathered at San Antonio College on Saturday for the largest ever statewide meeting on Mexican American Studies in public schools.

The Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools was the latest milestone in the years-long fight to offer those courses throughout the state, where over half of public school students are Hispanic. Two years ago, the State Board of Education called for textbooks that it could recommend to school districts offering the courses. Last month, the board released samples of the only textbook submission it had received, titled “Mexican American Heritage.” Educators who had cheered the call for textbooks decried the text as politically slanted and inaccurate, and the textbook debate came up frequently in speeches and discussions at the summit.

“What we’re up against is an intentional changing of our history,” said SBOE member Marisa Perez, D-San Antonio, in a speech at the beginning of the event. “We want to make sure that people know that we recognize that and we’re not going to stand for it.”

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  • eBooks may help. They are cheaper and more easily modified. There will be less need to go along with what Texas wants. It is not so much the kookiness that is the problem, but the ability of a few Texans to instil the same kookiness in the entire country.

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