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Texas Legislature’s Laundry List Approach to History Lends Itself to Fact Accumulation Measured by Standardized Tests

The link below describes the Texas Democrats’ latest means of pushing back against the laws forbidding instruction about race: a laundry list of historic documents that students need to read and understand. The documents include ones that are unarguably fundamental and include specific illustrations of the FACT that our foundation documents did NOT recognize the full citizenship of people of color as well as ones like MLK’s Letter from the. Birmingham Jail that the GOP would likely find divisive.

I don’t like laundry lists as the basis for a curriculum for two reasons. First, they are inevitably incomplete because history is in a continuous state of interpretation and re- interpretation. Secondly, laundry lists inevitably lead to standardized tests instead of assessments that require deep learning.

As suggested in earlier posts there IS a workaround that should be accepted by both parties: a graduation requirement that all students pass the citizenship test. A debate on what knowledge is needed to become a citizen would be far more productive than a debate over a laundry list of seminal documents.

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