Ahead of a public hearing next week over a new Mexican American Studies textbook the state is considering teaching in Texas public schools, a group of scholars and professors on Tuesday submitted a scathing 54-page report that calls the text "a prolific misrepresentation of facts." The result, according to the analysis submitted to the State Board of Education on Tuesday, is "a polemic attempting to masquerade as a textbook" — one that scholars and critics fear could soon be taught to Texas schoolchildren.
The book, called Mexican American Heritage, raised eyebrows as soon as a draft was made public earlier this year. Scholars in the field insisted the book contained numerous factual inaccuracies and gross errors of interpretation, including passages that demonized the country's long history of Chicano activism. (Chicanos, the textbook authors wrote, had "adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.") The book is the first Mexican American Studies text up for review by the State Board of Education since legislation was passed two years ago calling for the subject to be included in statewide curriculum for high school students. It's the only text up for review.
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