Controversial textbook maybe used in Texas schools

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 18:32:59-04

There is fight in Texas to keep a controversial Mexican American Heritage textbook out of classrooms.

In the book, Mexican people are described as lazy compared to European and American workers during the development of Mexico.

Activists and educators, like Tony Diaz, see this type of teaching could be problematic.

“If it’s allowed in Texas classrooms, it will teach a whole generation of students how to discriminate against Latinos,” he said.

The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, also criticized the work saying, “politicized, prejudicial, erroneous, textbooks must not be used as instructional material for students.”

The State Board said even if the textbook is approved, the decision to use it and any other book is up to the local districts.

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