The amended name, “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies” was suggested by member Georgina Pérez and approved unanimously.
Activists and educators from across the state on Tuesday called for education board members to change the course’s title to Mexican-American studies.
Advocates for a Mexican-American Studies course rallied Wednesday in hopes that the State Board of Education reverse a controversial name.
The courses will touch on significant events from local history and cover such influential figures as Juan Seguin and Emma Tenayuca.
Mexican-American Studies students want to see public education curriculum standards change to include Mexican-American leaders.
The State Board of Education voted to change the name of the course to “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”
The State Board of Education will decide in April whether to create official state standards for a social studies course that will likely be taught at the high-school level.
Activists, educators, and scholars decried the book’s description of Mexican Americans and its underlying political agenda.
Our Lady of the Lake University is hosting a one-day symposium titled “La Cosecha: Legacies of Farmworkers in Movements for Social Change in Tejas.” The event is free and open to the public.
San Antonio College recently added Mexican-American Studies as a major to its curriculum and a designated center to its campus.