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It is Over.  We Won !

  At 2:45 PM on July 14, 2016,  the California State Board of Education unanimously endorsed a new History /Social Science Framework for California’s public schools that includes a substantial addition of Chicano/Latino history, improved history of LGBT people, and improvements in several other histories.

This completes a 6 year effort against substantial opposition  to revise this Framework.  As a result textbooks in California in 2017 will be the most inclusive ever required, and all students will be taught an inclusive history.

More details at www.antiracismdsa.blogspot.com

 

 On Thursday  May 19,  a committee of the California Board of Education made  a decision to include the history of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta,  Larry Itliong, and numerous other Chicano leaders and labor leaders  in the textbooks for all children in California. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/2016/05/california-to-re-write-history-books.html

Because of California’s large size and market, what goes into California textbooks also goes into textbooks around the nation.

Many have participated in this effort.  In the last decade It has been a primary effort working with Chicano scholars through the Mexican American Digital History project.   We achieved the change by overcoming the inertia and by working on the California commissions and specific legislators. 

This is a major step forward since for many, 51 % of all California students are descendants of Latinos.  This is their doorway  to civic participation- seeing themselves in the curriculum as a part of history. 

 

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When we are really  honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us.  So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. ..I am convinced that the truest act of courage..is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)


As Frederick Douglas said well,  “ Power concedes nothing without demand, it never has, and it never will.”

        Our response is to create this Chicano/Mexican American Digital History project to create a platform for teachers and others to organize a responsible, inclusive view of history.

See this link for more.  https://sites.google.com/site/chicanodigital/home/chicano-history-and-the-common-core-standards

See update on efforts in Sacramento toward immigration reform.  

https://sites.google.com/site/chicanodigital/home/table-of-contents/immigration-organizing-2013

See updates on the Executive Action by President Obama on DACA and others.

https://sites.google.com/site/democracyandeducationorg/Home/immigration-organizing-2015

"Latinos have been left out of our history books. There is nothing about them. You look at the growing demographics of this state and country -- and our history -- and then we have our youth wondering why they are not seeing themselves in the curricula at school. Something has to change," said Campbell.


The project is similar to the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project founded in 2003 by LeRoy Chatfield, who in 1965 abandoned a religious life to join César Chávez and the farmworker movement in Delano. The Mexican-American Digital History Project aims to create an online collection of Chicano, Mexican-American and Latino history in the Sacramento region.





Note: This website is under construction.  The current  history project can be located at the above google link.

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posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Duane Campbell   [ updated Jul 14, 2016, 5:57 PM ]

It is over. We Won !

  At 2:45 PM ton July 14, 2016,  the California State Board of Education unanimously endorsed a new History /Social Science Framework for California’s public schools that includes a substantial addition of Chicano/Latino history, improved history of LGBT people, and improvements in several other histories.

This completes a 6 year effort against substantial opposition  to revise this Framework.  As a result textbooks in California in 2017 will be the most inclusive ever required, and all students will be taught an inclusive history.

More details at www.antiracismdsa.blogspot.com

 

The Mexican American Digital History Project has  been working for over a year to add Chicano history to the California History/Social Science Framework, the document that determines what goes into textbooks in California.

For details see here. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/2015/04/teachers-we-need-your-letters-on.html

 We are pleased to inform you that the Quality Instructional Materials Commission of the California State Board of Education have posted their proposed revised framework and it includes most of what we wanted. 

It is here.  http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/hsssmcmtgagenda102015b.asp

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.

On behalf of the Mexican American Digital History project, we  ask that you  write a letter to the review committee for the revision of the History/Social Science framework.  Now is a good time to get this done (a guide to writing such a letter is here https://sites.google.com/site/democracyandeducationorg/Home/latino-students-and-civic-engagement/project-plan---mexican-american-history








For 2015 we have added a new piece by history professor Rodolfo Acuña on Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories.  This essay describes well part of the motivation of establishing this history archives. We seek to contribute to the preservation of history as a part of preserving our community. See this essay in the section Out of Region posts. 
Also, see the new post by Jimmy Franco on the controversy over Fr. Junipero Serra. The piece is
Fr. Junipero Serra; Saint or Just a European Colonialist ?  See this post in Out of Regions posts. 




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posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Duane Campbell   [ updated Oct 15, 2015, 11:24 AM ]



The Mexican American Digital History Project and a broad group of allies have been working for over a year to add Chicano history to the California History/Social Science Framework, the document that determines what goes into textbooks in California.

For details see here. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/2015/04/teachers-we-need-your-letters-on.html

 We are pleased to inform you that the Quality Instructional Materials Commission of the California State Board of Education have posted their proposed revised framework and it includes most of what we wanted. 

It is here.  http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/hsssmcmtgagenda102015b.asp

We encourage contributions of written documents and photos for this site.  We can only accept electronic forms of documents (ie. MS Word). We will collect, write, and post this history so that it is not lost nor discarded. We make this history available to teachers to balance the lack of Chicano history in the public schools, universities and local museums. 

For more information. campd22702@gmail.com 

We are creating the Chicano/Mexican American Digital History project, an on-line digital history museum. 
To see parallel efforts around the world see the Google Cultural Institute.










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