The Texas State Board of Education has preliminarily approved creating statewide standards for a high school course in Mexican-American studies.
However, the name of the course will be called “Ethnic Studies.” Some members wanted a new name for the course.
“I think that’s the way our country developed, that we were a melting pot,” David Bradley, one of the board members said. “I find hyphenated Americanism divisive.”
“Hyphenated Americans may not be the way every American identifies, but it is certainly the reality for many of us,” Erika Beltran, another board member, said.
Ruben Cortez, a board member from Brownsville, stressed the need to have a curriculum aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for history. This new course will be based of an already existing curriculum in place at Houston ISD.
“Anytime that we do anything, you saw that we had an opportunity to approve a book in the past without TEKS, and look how miserable that book came out,” he said. “It just gave all this factually inaccurate information.”
The board will discuss the topic again during a meeting on Friday and take a final vote in June.