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Politics and the history curriculum : the struggle over standards in Texas and the nation /
edited by Keith A. Erekson.
edition
First edition.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, c2012
description
xiii, 243 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN
1137008938 (hardback), 9781137008930 (hardback)
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Book
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added author
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, c2012
isbn
1137008938 (hardback)
9781137008930 (hardback)
contents note
Preface -- Part I. Rewriting History in Texas. Culture War Circus: How Politics and the Media Left History Education Behind / Keith A. Erekson ; "As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation": Conservatism and Culture Wars in the Lone Star State / Gene B. Preuss ; Hijacks and Hijinks on the US History Review Committee / Laura K. Muñoz and Julio Noboa ; A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? An Expert Reviewer's Experience / Jesús F. de la Teja ; Negotiating for Quality: Taking a Proactive Approach to Achieve a Positive Outcome / Stephen Cure ; Moving the Liberal-Minority Coalition Up the Education Pipeline / Emilio Zamora -- Part II Analysis and Alternatives. Names, Numbers, and Narratives: A Multicultural Critique of the US History Standards / Julio Noboa ; Why Do We Think of America as a Christian Nation? / Richard T. Hughes ; Neo-Confederate Ideology in the Texas History Standards / Edward H. Sebesta ; A Missed Opportunity for World History in Texas / David C. Fisher ; Standards before Standardization: The Affiliated Schools Program, 1885--1917 / Linda J. Black ; A Perfect Storm in Austin and Beyond: Making the Case, and Place, for US History in Texas and the Nation / Linda K. Salvucci -- Notes on Contributors.
abstract
"The politicians and pastors who revised the Texas social studies standards made national and international headlines. However, much of that coverage was sensational and squeezed the process into a narrow "culture war" storyline. Politics and the History Curriculum sets the debate over the Texas standards within a broader context by exploring the tangled and powerful mixture of politics, religion, media, and education. This volume provides a clear analysis of what happened and why, along with sensible recommendations for teachers and policy makers"--
catalogue key
8718394
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Keith A. Erekson is an award-winning writer, teacher, and historian. He teaches History at The University of Texas at El Paso where he is the founder and director of the university's Center for History Teaching and Learning. His website is www.keitherekson.com.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
This volume contains 12 essays that consider aspects of the controversy that took place in 2010 after the members of the Texas State Board of Education revised the standards for selecting social studies textbooks. The first essay describes the process Texas used to revise the standards. The second considers how Texas conservatives rekindled efforts from the 1960s to remove communism from the schools. Individuals who participated in the process wrote the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth essays describing their experiences. The seventh chapter contains a content analysis of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that found the standards omitted information about the treatment of individuals from minority groups and about events of multicultural significance. The eighth essay contends the Texas history standards introduced a neo-Confederate ideology. The ninth shows the Texas standards overemphasized Western civilization in world history. The last two chapters offer examples of standards superior to the Texas model. Interested readers might also consider Social Studies and the Press, edited by Margaret Smith Crocco (2005), or Ronald W. Evans's The Social Studies Wars (CH, Oct'04, 42-1072). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections. J. Watras University of Dayton
Reviews
Review Quotes
"What's the matter with Texas? Outsiders too often dismiss it as an overgrown and ignorant child, shrouded in right-wing politics and fundamentalist religion. But that view is itself a gross caricature, as this close study of history and myth-making in Texas demonstrates. Rooting their story firmly in the social and political history of the Lone Star State, Keith A. Erekson and his colleagues bust a few big myths themselves. Read this book if you want to understand why Texans continue to contest their shared past, and why the rest of us should stop condescending to them." - Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of Education and History, New York University "In these behind-the-scene essays, history educators and all citizens interested in history education will find chilling accounts of how the conservative Christian right played power politics to ensure that young Texans learn a largely white-washed U.S. history while remaining uneducated about world history. The essays in this important book give voice to teachers and history professors who were steamrollered by the Texas Board of Education." - Gary Nash, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UCLA; Director, National Center for History in the Schools "Politics and the History Curriculum offers the most comprehensive, thought-provoking, and timely examination yet of the ongoing controversy over history standards in Texas and across the nation. As an historian and textbook author, I especially appreciate the range and analytical quality of the essays collected here. This book is a must-read for any teacher, administrator, or citizen engaged with these issues." - Daniel Czitrom, co-author, Out of Many: A History of the American People
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Summaries
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This volume provides a clear analysis of what happened with the revision of the Texas social studies standards and why, along with sensible recommendations for teachers and policy makers
Library of Congress Summary
"The politicians and pastors who revised the Texas social studies standards made national and international headlines. However, much of that coverage was sensational and squeezed the process into a narrow "culture war" storyline. Politics and the History Curriculum sets the debate over the Texas standards within a broader context by exploring the tangled and powerful mixture of politics, religion, media, and education. This volume provides a clear analysis of what happened and why, along with sensible recommendations for teachers and policy makers"--
Main Description
The politicians and pastors who revised the Texas social studies standards made national and international headlines. However, much of that coverage was sensational and squeezed the process into a narrow 'culture war' storyline. Politics and the History Curriculum sets the debate over the Texas standards within a broader context by exploring the tangled and powerful mixture of politics, religion, media, and education. This volume provides a clear analysis of what happened and why, along with sensible recommendations for teachers and policy makers.
Main Description
The politicians and pastors who revised the Texas social studies standards made national and international headlines. However, much of that coverage was sensational and squeezed the process into a narrow 'culture war' storyline. Politics and the History Curriculum sets the debate over the Texas standards within a broader context by exploring the tangled and powerful mixture of politics, religion, media, and education. This volume provides a clear analysis of what happened and why, along withsensible recommendations for teachers and policy makers.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Rewriting History in Texas
Culture War Circus: How Politics and the Media Left History Education Behindp. 3
"As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation": Conservatism and Culture Wars in the Lone Star Statep. 19
Hijacks and Hijinks on the US History Review Committeep. 41
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? An Expert Reviewer's Experiencep. 61
Negotiating for Quality: Taking a Proactive Approach to Achieve a Positive Outcomep. 75
Moving the Liberal-Minority Coalition Up the Education Pipelinep. 89
Analysis and Alternatives
Names, Numbers, and Narratives: A Multicultural Critique of the US History Standardsp. 105
Why Do We Think of America as a Christian Nation?p. 127
Neo-Confederate Ideology in the Texas History Standardsp. 149
A Missed Opportunity for World History in Texasp. 171
Standards before Standardization: The Affiliated Schools Program, 1885-1917p. 195
A Perfect Storm in Austin and Beyond: Making the Case-and Place-for US History in Texas and the Nationp. 213
Notes on Contributorsp. 231
Appendix for Teachersp. 233
Appendix for Policy Makersp. 235
Indexp. 237
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