Mexican-American textbook stirs cultural debate in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A textbook proposed to help teach the cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Texas public schools is under scrutiny by scholars.

The Houston Chronicle reports the book describes Mexican-Americans as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.”

The textbook, titled “Mexican American Heritage,” also links Mexican-Americans to undocumented immigrants.

The State Board of Education voted to include textbooks on the subject after activists last year demanded that Mexican-American studies be formally included in state curriculum.

Tony Diaz, director of Intercultural Initiatives at Lone Star College-North Harris, says “instead of a text that is respectful of the Mexican American history, we have a book poorly written, racist, and prepared by non-experts.”

Texans have until September to submit comments on proposed instructional materials.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s