Social studies fight ready to heat up again

By Kate Alexander | Austin American-Statesman | Thursday, September 10, 2009, 06:09 PM

The next round in the State Board of Education battle over the social studies curriculum standards is about to begin.

Next Thursday, the board-appointed expert reviewers are scheduled to testify before the board about the standards written this summer by groups of educators and interested community members. The reviewers’ suggestions for changes are now available online.

Some of those same experts touched off a firestorm in July with their first round of recommendations for what Texas students should learn about history, politics, economics and civics.

To help monitor this process, a history professor at the University of Texas at El Paso has launched a Web site to help the public easily follow the ins-and-outs of the board’s decision-making.

Keith Erekson, the director of the Center for History Teaching and Learning at UTEP, said the implications of the board’s decisions are far-reaching. He would like the site to help people understand the process and how they might participate.

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