You are invited to participate. We need each of you and your friends to write a letter. Here is a guide. Here is how to write a letter and to send it. https://sites.google.com/site/democracyandeducationorg/Home/latino-students-and-civic-engagement/project-plan---mexican-american-history
This Spring we have a unique opportunity to change the history books in California K-12 to include Chicano/Mexican American history- but we must act before May 1. This is the time to get that letter written and e mailed asking that Mexican American history be included in the re write of the History/Social Science Framework for California Schools.
Mexican American/ Chicano history is currently substantially absent from public school textbooks and curriculum in California- and it has been since 1986. Latino student political non participation and alienation from school is significantly caused by Latino absence from the K-12 textbooks and curriculum.
Now is a good time to get this done (a guide to writing such a letter is here )
This effort is not the same as the AB 101 campaign for Ethnic Studies where many have signed an on line petition.
Our project to change the History Framework is described here.
Tell the committee; I strongly urge you to revise the current draft of the History Framework to include a more adequate recording of the history of California and the nation by including the significant contributions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans to this history. You really don’t have an accurate history without extending more information on this topic. Latinos comprise nearly 39% of the state population, and descendants of Mexican Americans and Latinos now constitute over 52% of the students in the k-12 schools.
I have read the draft framework and I propose the following additions:
On page 351, Line 2014, amend this to include additional material on the 1960’s,
Sample letters are below.