State Board of Education
Christmas, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein,
religious heritage language, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Christopher
Columbus were either removed completely or partially from several grade levels
by the review committees. The State Board of Education members have assured
concerned members of the public that these historical figures and important
concepts were placed back in the standards where they had been taught for the
previous 10 years. This action was based on the urging and feedback from
numerous educators, experts and concerned members of the public. One “historian”
even suggested Alexander Graham Bell and the Texas Rangers should be removed
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is not listening to educators and experts and as such the SBOE should send the social studies standards back to the original review committees.
The State Board of Education voted to include requirements
that students study about
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is making decisions on its own and not listening to educators.
Among the many individuals who have been added to the standards are Crispus Attucks, Jose Bernardo Guillermo de Lara, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Wentworth Cheswell, Francisco Coronado, Bernardo de Galvez, Juan de Onate, Adina de Zavala, Enrique Esparza, W.E.B. DuBois, Carmen Lomas Garza, Henry B. Gonzalez, Raul A. Gonzalez, Maria Mitchell, Ellen Ochoa, Jose Antonio Navaro, Irma Rangel, Juan Seguin, Erasmo Seguin, Phillis Wheatley, Lulu Belle White, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Simon Bolivar, Bessie Coleman, Tomie de Paola, Marcus Garvey, Lydia Mendoza, Kadir Nelson, Danny Olivas, Raymond Telles and Amado Pena Jr.
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is deleting minority figures from the social studies curriculum.
Both Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall have been made required elements of the curriculum framework. Students will study the legacy of these historically significant men in both the elementary grades and in high school, as Cesar Chavez has been added to Grade 5 American history and Thurgood Marshall has been added to the Grade 2 standards. Both already are taught in U.S. History Since 1877.
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is eliminating Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from the standards.
For example, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is required study at two different grade levels. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also is required, as is separate study of founders W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells at various grade levels. Other notable leaders such as Anne Richards, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Jordan also are included.
Students are required to study various social and political advocacy positions, including organizations that promoted civil rights for African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians. Individuals who promoted civil rights, labor rights and women's rights also are included, such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Clarence Darrow, Martin Luther King Jr, Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall, Hector P. Garcia, Frances Willard, Jane Addams and Dolores Huerta. The proposed history standards include diverse individuals and groups for study at each grade level.
The State Board of Education has included conservative groups in the
The SBOE added Medal of Honor recipients William Carney and Philip Bazaar to Grade 8 American history, and added Medal of Honor recipients Vernon J. Baker and Roy Benavides to the high school U.S. History course. The social studies curriculum standards specifically require that students study male and female Medal of Honor recipients of various racial backgrounds.
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is excluding Hispanic and African American Medal of Honor recipients.
In Grade 4 Texas history, Tejanos Juan Seguin, Placido
Benavides and Francisco Ruiz are required to be studied as important
participants in the Texas Revolution. Lorenzo de Zavala and Jose Antonio
Navarroalso are required figures in Grade 4. In Grade 7 Texas history, students
again study the significant roles played by Tejano leaders Lorenzo de Zavala and
Juan Seguin as they review the events of the Texas Revolution, the siege of the
The State Board of Education has eliminated Tejanos who fought at the
“Free enterprise system” is the terminology used in the
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has removed capitalism from the standards and substituted it with “free enterprise system.”
Thomas Jefferson is taught in Grade 5 American history, in
Grade 8 American history and in U.S. Government. These are the same grades where
FALSE ALLEGATION: Thomas Jefferson has been removed or downplayed in the Social Studies curriculum framework.
The Pledge of Allegiance correctly identifies our form of government as a republic, and the State Board of Education members expect students to recite that pledge and understand its meaning. This reference to constitutional republic refers to the form of government our Founding Fathers instituted.
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has decided we no longer live in a democracy.
First Amendment rights are among the most fundamental we
share in this country. Each of these freedoms should be studied, including the
freedom of religion. Constitutional protection of religion was provided by
banning Congress from establishing a national religion or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof. A majority of the State Board of Education members voted
against a new amendment to the
FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education doesn’t believe students should learn about separation of church and state or First Amendment rights.
proposed Social Studies