TEX. SBOE TO TAKE FINAL VOTE ON HYPHENATED-AMERICAN COURSE

Apr 6, 2018 by

“Texas SBOE To Take Final Vote on Hyphenated-American Course”

By Donna Garner

4.6.18

 

[PLEASE SEE ACTION STEPS TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE.]

 

 

This coming Wednesday, 4.11.18, the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education will take a final vote as to whether to formalize curriculum standards (TEKS) for a discriminatory, divisive, hyphenated-American course called “MAS” (Mexican-American Studies).  

 

Ethnic studies across America have become melting pots for anti-American indoctrination of our public school students.  If the SBOE establishes precedent for MAS in Texas, then other people/language/ethnic/racial groups will demand the same such as those who want Chinese-American Studies to be offered.

 

Case in point:  Just today, the Dallas Morning News (4.6.18) is carrying an article in which two Texas Congressmen (one Democrat, one Republican) have convinced U. T. and Texas A&M to drop partnerships with the Chinese Confucius Institute saying, “These organizations are a threat to our nation’s security by serving as a platform for China’s intelligence collection and political agenda…We have a responsibility to uphold our American values of free expression, and to do whatever is necessary to counter any behavior that poses a threat to our democracy…the Chinese government could influence American education and possibly gather intelligence through its presence at schools.”

Houston ISD has a K-12 partnership with Chinese Confucius Institute.

This gives me great concern because the SBOE is considering the use of the Houston ISD Innovative Mexican-American Studies course as a template for adopting formalized TEKS to be used throughout Texas!  

 

LISTENING TO THE MAS TESTIFIERS AT THE JAN. 2018 SBOE MEETING

 

As I listened to many of the testifiers at the Jan. 2018 SBOE meeting, I heard the obvious hostility in their voices and the “victimization message” they communicated. They did not seem to value and respect the many people of every ethnic/racial background who have gone before them to establish this wonderful land we call “The United States.”  

 

These testifiers (many of whom are presently teaching Mexican-American Studies Courses) seemed to think that only “people who look like them” — a phrase they repeated over and over today – should be valued. This is a subtle way to teach racial divisiveness to our Texas students.   

 

This defensiveness worries me as I believe it reveals the inner bitterness and hostility these MAS supporters are relaying to vulnerable teenagers in their MAS courses.  Our Texas public school students do not need that kind of influence on their lives.

 

What we need to teach all students is to be proud of the many accomplishments and to be appreciative of the many sacrifices of the multitudes of people from all over the world who came to America to work out “their dreams.”  We of every ethnic and racial background are the recipients of their greatness.

 

Hyphenated-American courses further divide students and faculty; and America is already seeing what these ethnic studies courses are doing to create hatred, bitterness, and strife among our college and university students. We Texans do not want that same type of racial/divisive hatred, bitterness, and strife to run rampant in our K-12 public schools.

 

The appalling lack of knowledge and respect for our forefathers, Constitution, and the Rule of Law are direct outgrowths of the loss of traditional U. S. History and World History survey courses where students gain solid chronological background knowledge of America’s roots. 

 

The Texas Social Studies TEKS being used in our K-12 public schools today contain hundreds of historical events/eras, heroes, and heroines from diverse people groups, all of whom contributed to the greatness of our state and/or nation.

 

If a local school district wants to adopt a Mexican-American Studies course for local credit, that is its choice under Texas law [Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chap. 28, Subchapter A, Sect. 28.001, (f)]. No one is saying that a MAS course cannot be taught in Texas, but that decision should be a local decision and not one made at the SBOE level. If locals are going to adopt such a course, they need to make sure that accurate, fact-based, documented content is used in the instructional materials provided to students.

 

Before deciding whether or not to pursue a Mexican-American Studies course, however, a school district should give careful consideration to the term “Mexican American” itself.  It obviously is discriminatory and exclusive because it deliberately indicates only those whose ancestors came from Mexico, leaving out those whose ancestry dates back to Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and South American countries. 

 

Having a Mexican-American Studies course is highly discriminatory to other people groups and opens the door for other courses to be adopted such as Anglo-American Studies, African-American Studies Course, Japanese-American Studies Course, Chinese-American Studies Course, Korean-American Studies Course, Cuban-American Studies Course, Irish-American Studies Course, Vietnamese-American Studies Course, and on and on. 

 

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ACTION STEPS

Please consider testifying for two-minutes this coming Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (9 A. M.) at the SBOE meeting and/or contacting SBOE members with your statements.

Those people who want to testify must sign up to speak prior to 5:00 P. M. on Monday, 4.9.18.

 

PUBLIC TESTIMONY PROCEDURES:

 

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/SBOE_Meetings/Public_Testimony_Registration_Instructions_and_Procedures/

 

 

HOW TO CONTACT SBOE MEMBERS BY E-MAIL:  

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/Board_Members/SBOE_Members/

 

 

TRACKING THE PROGRESSION OF ETHNIC STUDIES COURSES INTO TEXAS

 

To learn more about the development of ethnic studies courses in Texas public schools, here is a list of resources (posted in reverse chronological order): 

 

1.30.18 — “Update to Tex. SBOE Meeting – Hyphenated-American Studies Course” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/update-tex-sboe-meeting-hyphenated-american-studies-course/

 

 

1.29.18 — “Texas SBOE To Decide on Hyphenated-American Courses That Divide America” — by Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/texas-sboe-decide-hyphenated-american-courses-divide-america/

 

 

11.8.17  — “VICTORY:  Tex. State Bd. of Ed. Refuses To Adopt Tony Diaz’s Racist, Divisive, Militant Mexican-American Studies  Textbook” — by Donna Garner — EdViews.org – http://www.educationviews.org/victory-tex-state-bd-ed-refuses-adopt-tony-diazs-racist-divisive-militant-mexican-american-studies-textbook/

 

 

11.7.17 — “Vile Instrument of Indoctrination – Tony Diaz’s Mexican-American Studies Textbook” — By Sonja Harris — EdViews.org —

http://www.educationviews.org/vile-instrument-indoctrination-mexican-american-textbook-tony-diaz/

 

 

11.7.17 — “Breaking: Racist, Divisive, Militant Textbook by Tony Diaz To Be Debated at Texas SBOE Meeting” — by Donna Garner — Edviews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/breaking-racist-divisive-militant-textbook-tony-diaz-debated-texas-sboe-meeting-11-7-17/

 

 

11.3.17 — “Worst Ever Reviewed — Tony Diaz’s Mexican-American Heritage Textbook” — *Please be sure to click on the bright red pdf link at the top of the article to read the review prepared by Dr. Sandra Alfonsi of Tony Diaz’s textbookhttp://www.educationviews.org/tony-diazs-mexican-american-heritage-book-inadequate-textbook-reviewed/

 

 

10.23.17 — “Tony Diaz’s Textbook Describes Glories of Aztec Civilization While Denying Its Cruelty” — By Tina Thompson – EdViews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/tony-diazs-textbook-describes-glories-aztec-civilization-denying-cruelty/

 

 

 

10.19.17 — EVALUATION OF TONY DIAZ’S “MEXICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE TOOLKIT” – by Donna Garner – EdViews.org —

http://www.educationviews.org/evaluation-tony-diazs-mexican-american-heritage-toolkit/

 

 

10.8.17 (republished on 10.19.17)  — “Texans, Stop Racist, Divisive, Militant Curriculum from Indoctrinating Our Students” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org —  http://www.educationviews.org/texans-stop-racist-divisive-militant-curriculum-indoctrinating-students/

 

 

9.17.17 — “Tony Diaz Attempting To Put His Militant, Racist Textbook Into Texas Public Schools” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org — http://tinyurl.com/yb5ly4jz

 

 

9.9.16 — “Battle Brewing at SBOE Meeting Over Mexican-American Textbook”

By Donna Garner — EdViews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/battle-brewing-sboe-meeting-mexican-american-textbook/

 

 

 

5.4.14 — “Texas State Board Decision Opens Pandora’s Box” – by By MerryLynn Gerstenschlager (Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 5.4.14) —  http://www.educationviews.org/texas-state-board-decision-opens-pandoras-box/

 

 

4.9.14 – “Texans: Speaking out Made Easy – Just Cut, Copy, Paste” – by Donna Garner – EdViews.org  — http://www.educationviews.org/texans-speaking-easy-cut-copy-paste/

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