Sunday, January 12, 2020

How California and Texas Approach Immigration in Comparable Textbooks

The NYT analysis of the most popular national textbooks for students in grades 8-11 is a must read. Apparently, the same publishers print books across the country but tailor the readings inside of each book to meet local rules, regulations, and preferences.

Take immigration. The NYT notes that the California edition includes an excerpt from How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (a fabulous read!) while the Texas edition includes the comments of a Border Patrol agent, Michael Teague, who "discusses his concerns about drug trafficking and says, 'if you open the border wide up, you’re going to invite political and social upheaval.'"

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It would be wonderful if students could have both editions of these history textbooks to study and be asked to evaluate the narrative differences for themselves.


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