Tag Archives: TEKS

Revisiting the Hullabaloo about the Civil War, Slavery, and Racism in Textbooks and Standards

There has been allot of hullabaloo about the Civl War recently. Just yesterday, South Carolina voted to take down the confederate flag. However, there are still a variety of folks in the South that are romanticizing Civil War and want to teach children that it was not about slavery. Back in 2010, there was an adoption of the new social studies standards

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Absent?: Native Americans and Standards

Last evening I watched a film on Netflix entitled “The Reel Injun.” Midway through the film, the director profiled when Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on behalf of actor Marlon Brando, for his performance in The Godfather, when he boycotted the 45th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, 1973, in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry (description via Wikipedia). She wore an Apache dress on the

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Richard Lewis is “Insulted”

A few more takes on the Harvard Educational Review article Illusion of Inclusion in which we analyzed the Texas US Social Studies Standards. Radio interview on KUT. Print interview in the San Antonio Express-News “If you’re a Native American or Asian American student, your history is absent and the state board of education is sending a message that their history is not important,”

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Standards, kissing, and the voice of a teacher

It has been quiet here on Cloaking Inequity because we just buttoned up finals and grades at UT-Austin. So let’s get back to it and chat a little bit about standards. Since their roll-out across the nation in the 1990s, standards have continued front and center due to their linkage with high-stakes testing and accountability. I have discussed standards on CI here. I

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Pop the Popcorn: The Revisionaries

Considering my prior discussion about the Texas State Board of Education and TEKS standards revision process in “Texas: Butt of many jokes” and “Illusion of Inclusion”. Looking forward to seeing the The Revisionaries when it comes back to Austin in a few weeks. Note: Also see the NAACP’s request for a compliance review of Texas standards and educational policy issues here.

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“Illusion of Inclusion,” Article about Race and Standards in Harvard Educational Review

 In this article, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Keffrelyn Brown, and Anthony Brown offer findings from a close textual analysis of how the Texas social studies standards address race, racism, and communities of color. Using the lens of Critical Race Theory, the authors uncover the sometimes subtle ways that the standards can appear to adequately address race while at the same time marginalizing

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