The State Board of Education in Texas voted 12-2 today to allow schools to develop courses in Asian American, Mexican American, African American, and Native American studies, reports the Austin Chronicle.
Conservatives opposed the idea saying ethnic studies courses are divisive. In the opposite corner, others pushed for the addition of Mexican American Studies courses to the official curriculum.
The proposal for ethnic studies was considered a compromise.
“While we would have preferred a state elective course that recognized the substantial way in which Mexican Americans, African American, women and others have shaped Texas and our nation, today’s vote represents an important step toward ensuring that more students get a fuller understanding of our history and the diverse cultures that have shaped it,” said Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller. “Just four years ago this board was divided how or even whether students should learn about American heroes like Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall and Dolores Huerta. So we’re encouraged by this progress, especially as we look ahead to the state board’s adoption of social studies textbooks for our public schools later this year.”
You can read more about this controversy in the Austin Chronicle.