A Review of the Revisions to the Texas Social Studies Standards

As many of my readers know, we have spent considerable time here writing about the new social studies curriculum revisions made by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). We have been following this debate from the beginning, with an op-ed in Houston Chronicle back in July 2009, a recent opinion piece in Sojourners magazine, and forty-one blog posts (and counting).

The revisions have yet to be made official. They will be voted on in late May. In the meantime, the SBOE has alotted a 30-day “public comment period.” Between April 16 and May 15 Texas residents and others are encouraged to provide comments. I don’t know how this all works, but I am assuming that the Board will take these comments into consideration before voting.

I was recently asked by a reporter from the Austin-American Statesman to comment on the revisions from the perspective of an American historian who has been following this story. So, over the course of the next week or two, I will try to read through all of the revisions and make some remarks.

Stay tuned. We will begin with the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade revisions in the next day or two. In the meantime, you can read all the revisions here.