Cynthia Dunbar, the former Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member whose company is now trying to sell a seriously flawed and insulting Mexican-American studies textbook to Texas public schools, has finally spoken out about the textbook. And her explanations are kind of Trumpian. Read More
Numerous news articles have been pointing to some of the problems with the offensive and factually flawed Mexican American Heritage textbook submitted for adoption by Texas public schools. One of the most jaw-dropping problems is how the textbook promotes stereotypes about supposedly "lazy" Mexicans. Prof. John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, a historian at Texas State University, noted the problematic passage in his review of the textbook for the Texas Freedom Network. Here's the key part of that textbook passage (page 248), which is in a section discussing issues that arose when foreign businesses sought to add operations in Mexico: Read More
On Monday, TFN joined with a numerous other Texas organizations to counter Mexican American Heritage, a proposed textbook for Texas public schools which Mexican-American studies scholars and experts have found to be deeply offensive, simplistic and rife with factual errors.
Take action: MASforTexas.org
So who wrote the textbook? And what qualifications do they have? While the text lists several authors and contributors, little is known about what qualifications or background in Mexican-American studies the named individuals may hold, if any at all. In fact, it is standard practice for textbook publishers to list authors’ expertise in a textbook, and Mexican American Heritage does not include that information.
Here is what we know about the owner of the company — Momentum Instruction — behind the book, and its authors.
CYNTHIA DUNBAR, CEO and owner of Momentum Instruction, and a contributor to the Mexican American Heritage textbook… Read More
We told you last month about the brewing storm over a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook submitted for approval in Texas by an even more controversial former member of the State Board of Education. Now a current state board member has leapt to the defense of the textbook -- and in a shockingly offensive and insulting way that should make Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump very proud. Read More
After 2,358 of your petition signatures and testimony from dozens of Texans in support, the State Board of Education today voted to make it easier for Texas schools to offer courses in Mexican-American, African-American, Native American and Asian-American studies.
The 12-2 vote means publishers will have a chance to submit to the state instructional materials for those courses next year. Schools choosing to teach the classes would use curriculum standards designed for special local courses. Another conversation at the board’s July meeting will further dictate the rigor of these courses.
For those of you unfamiliar with the party breakdown of the board, 12 votes in favor means the measure had bipartisan support. The two ‘no’ votes came from David Bradley, R-Beaumont, and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, R-Dallas. Board member Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, was at today’s hearing but did not cast a vote.
It’s true, this isn’t the stand-alone, state course advocates wanted — but it’s an important step forward. That’s especially true because four years ago state board members debated whether American heroes like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Thurgood Marshall should even be included in the state’s social studies curriculum standards.
Right-wing groups opposed any effort to teach courses… Read More