Historians from Texas and around the U.S. have signed a letter calling for the Texas State Board of Education to delay its final vote on revised Social Studies standards and to allow time for review and input from scholars, as reported by the Associated Press and by the Austin American-Statesman.
The historians have set up a website where you can read the text of their letter and their press release. They also have a page with links to statements by historians, which (as of this posting) includes the following:
About Texas Social Studies
- Ron Briley, Sandia Preparatory School
- Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College
- Keith A. Erekson, University of Texas at El Paso
- Eric Foner, Columbia University
- Steve Haycox, University of Alaska Anchorage
- Susan Jacoby, Independent Scholar
- James McPherson, Princeton University
- Joseph A. Palermo, California State University Sacramento
- Diane Ravitch, New York University
- John Willingham, Independent Scholar
- Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University
Regrettably, the Board has previously made it clear that they’re not interested in input from the experts.
On Thursday, April 15, the Texas Education Agency posted the current version of the revised standards, opening a one-month period for public comment before they take their final vote.