Faculty members at the state’s largest public university clearly are growing increasingly wary as they watch the State Board of Education vandalize and politicize social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools. Two upcoming events will highlight their concerns.
The Texas IP Fellows will host a debate over the proposed social studies standards at 3 p.m. on April 7. The venue will be AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302) on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
UT professor Dan Bonevac and UT mathematics professor Lorenzo Sadun will debate whether the state board is making reasonable changes to proposed K-12 curriculum standards that will guide what the next generation of Texas students learn in their social studies classrooms. Joy Alvarado, a member of UT’s Texas IP Fellows student leadership panel, will moderate. The debate is free and open to the public.
In addition, UT history professor Emilio Zamora announced at yesterday’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus press conference that he is helping put together a teach-in about the standards on May 2 on the South steps of the Capitol in downtown Austin. We will provide more information when it’s available.