The Texas State Board of Education voted last month to approve a modified rule that will advance the development of public school course offerings in Mexican-American Studies. This is a mistake. We already have far too much curriculum content focused on cultural “studies” in our higher education institutions. In fact, based on a 2012 study by the National Association of Scholars, approximately 78% of the emphasis in American history courses at The University of Texas at Austin, in terms of assigned readings, is concentrated on race, class, and gender; at Texas A&M, this emphasis is 50%. We don’t need more emphasis on these multicultural “studies”, we need less, and we don’t need to introduce this concept in our secondary education curriculum. What we do need is a heightened focus on Western Civilization, the founding of the American Republic, and the contribution to it made by all cultures and all Americans, without hyphenation and without cultural relativism.
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