Following the lead of California, Texas is now moving towards requiring ethnic studies be taught in public schools, reports the Dallas News.
A bill sponsored by eight members of the state senate would require ethnic studies be offered as an elective in middle and high schools in the Lone Star State.
The bill is similar to one already passed in California which mandates ethnic studies courses in high schools.
A stumbling block in Texas might be the State Board of Education which sandbagged a measure in 2014 by asking a conservative author to come up with a textbook for Mexican American Studies. The book was widely panned by scholars of Mexican American history for the book’s factual errors and use of stereotypes.
“Ethnic studies should not be controversial,” said Senate Hispanic Caucus Chair Sylvia Garcia, one of the sponsors of the current bill. “With the diversity we have in this great state, it should be a no-brainer.”
Studies have found ethnic studies courses in high schools have lowered drop out rates and that both White and minority students benefit socially and academically from the courses.
Four percent of the student population in Texas is Asian American.
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