Texas Legislature Hears Arguments on “Comprehensive Survey” Bill

Apr 19, 2013 |  Ashley Thorne

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Texas Legislature Hears Arguments on “Comprehensive Survey” Bill

Apr 19, 2013 | 

Ashley Thorne

This week the Texas House of Representatives' Higher Education Committee heard arguments for and against a bill, HB 1938, which adds the words "comprehensive survey" to a preexisting law from 1955 requiring college students in Texas public institutions to take six credits of U.S. history. 

NAS board member Thomas K. Lindsay and NAS member and author of the report Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History? Richard Fonte presented testimony in favor of the bill. Others, including Tony Diaz, head of the group Librotraficante, argued against it. 

Read Thomas K. Lindsay's testimony >

Read Richard Fonte's testimony > 

Watch video of the proceedings (testimony for HB 1938 begins at about 3:00:00) >

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| April 26, 2013 - 8:34 AM


First, civics and history are not the same thing. Civics is the study of the obligations and privileges of citizens. History is the study of past events. Civics is usually taught in American Government, not American History.

Second, the link in the PDF that’s supposed to go to the ISI study goes to their homepage. Please provide the name of this study or a working link.

Third, the law’s current exclusion of the words “comprehensive survey” allow for specialized courses like US History to satify the requirement for American History.