Latinos Criticize New Textbook For Schools In Texas About Mexican-American Heritage


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A textbook proposed to help teach the cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Texas public schools has come under fire by some activists who are labeling it as “racist” and misinformed.
The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the book describes Mexican-Americans as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.”
Titled “Mexican-American Heritage,” is among the first batch of textbooks to be included as possible reading material for Texas students following an outcry last year in which activists demanded that the subject be included in high school curriculums across the state.
In Texas, more than half the students in public primary and secondary schools are Latino, and most of them are Mexican-American, according to the Chronicle.
The book, which has yet to be approved by the State Board of Education, also links Mexican-Americans to undocumented migrants and states that illegal immigration has “caused a number of economic and security problems in the United States.”
“Poverty, drugs, crime, non-assimilation and exploitation are among some of these problems,” the book reads. “Studies have shown that the Mexican-American community suffers from a significant gap in education levels, employment, wages, housing and other issues relating to poverty that persist through the second, third and fourth generations.”
The Texas Education Agency told the Chronicle that it followed “standard procedure” when asking for materials to be submitted for the 2017-18 school year.
“The proclamations, once approved by…
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