Starting next fall, high schools around the state will be able to offer African American Studies as an elective course, making Texas the first state to approve both that course and Mexican American Studies.
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has approved standards for an African American Studies course for high school students to be offered beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
School districts throughout Region 4 should seek the help of subject matter experts in the area of African American Studies.
“The course should not just be teaching dates and names but be more engaging by including the performing arts to bring this history to life,” says Naomi Carrier, RCHP Education Committee member.
For too long it has been a footnote in our history books, and this course allows us to expand that footnote to a 1 credit elective for students,” says NTHP Texas Advisor Samuel Collins III
The Education Committee believes this course should be the spark that lights a fire of lifelong study for students.