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California Says Goodbye to "Hxrstory," For Now

NAS

The California State Board of Education orders the state's proposed "Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum" be redesigned. The news is a small victory for sanity. 

Senator Josh Hawley Takes Aim at Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

A Missouri congressman asks colleges in his state to reconsider their arrangements with the Chinese government. 

California Wants Students to Learn "Hxrstory" and “The Four ‘I’s of Oppression.”

NAS

The California Department of Education is taking comments on the proposed curriculum until August 15th. 

Oregon Moves Toward "Inclusive" Curriculum

Glenn Ricketts

Oregon affiliate president Bruce Gilley weighs in against proposed curricular changes.

Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in South Dakota

NAS

South Dakota leads the way in protecting liberties necessary for the pursuit of truth. 

Loose Definitions

NAS

A bill in the Oregon legislature has drawn ire for comparing genocide to the daily plight of microaggressions and appropriation. 

The Campus Intellectual Diversity Act

Stanley Kurtz

Model state-level legislation to promote intellectual diversity on campus.  

NAS Endorses the Campus Intellectual Diversity Act

Peter Wood

Let's restore intellectual rigor and diversity to higher education. 

Required Reading

NAS

A State Representative in Iowa has introduced a bill to make Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago a required read for high school graduation.

New Policy Supports Freedom of Speech and Intellectual Diversity

NAS

The South Dakota Board of Regents have adopted a statement to promote these freedoms on campus. 

Race, Sex, and Faculty Searches, Department of Biology, SDSU, 1988-2002

Stuart Hurlbert

Prof. Stuart Hurlbert provides data on the effect of affirmative action policies on faculty searches between 1988 and 2002 at San Diego State University's Biology Department.

How to Stop Complaining and Start Fixing America's Higher Education Crisis

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood surveys higher education's problems and offers solutions. 

Spinning Wheels

NAS

Robert Maranto writes about how education reformers can work effectively.

The New Civics: Using 'Service Learning' to Teach Progressive Advocacy

David Randall

David Randall writes about the New Civics in Oklahoma.

New Legislative Protections for Campus Free Expression

NAS

In both North Carolina and Virginia, lawmakers are working to pass bills that affirm freedom of expression on college campuses. 

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

Faculty Tenure: Improve It, Don't Remove It

W. Lee Hansen

W. Lee Hansen argues that revisions to faculty tenure must be objective and preserve academic freedom. 

Indiana Teachers Union Opposing Sensible Reform

Jason Fertig

The Indiana State Teachers Association is opposing a proposal to grant teaching licenses to college graduates with good grades and work experience.

Texas Legislature Hears Arguments on "Comprehensive Survey" Bill

Ashley Thorne

The Texas House of Representatives' Higher Education Committee heard arguments for and against a bill that would clarify a preexisting bill requiring the study of U.S. history in college.

American History Bill Aims for a More Inclusive Curriculum

Thomas K. Lindsay

Thomas Lindsay offers a defense of the Texas American History Bill.

Why “Comprehensive” History is Controversial

Ashley Thorne

Two new bills that would require general education requirements for U.S. history to be met by courses providing "a comprehensive survey" are seen as a threat by proponents of Mexican American studies.

Don’t Know Much About History: Colleges Teach History with Politics Left Out

Jonathan Bean

Jonathan Bean responds to NAS's recent report on Two Texas Universities' U.S. History Courses. He's not optimistic about history education.

CAS Chairman's Testimony Against Racial Preferences Bill for California State Senate Education Committee

Charles Geshekter

Testimony of CAS Chairman Charles Geshekter testimony before the California Senate education against SB 185, April 27, 2011.

California Affiliate Continues Campaign Against Racial Preference Bill

John Ellis

The California Association of Scholars steps up its opposition to proposed legislation which would authorize the use of racial preferences in college admissions. Have the state's legislators forgotten Proposition 209?

California Association of Scholars Opposes New Racial Preferences Senate Bill

John Ellis

Another bill threatens to overturn Proposition 209; the ever-vigilant California Association of Scholars speaks out.

Study Shows Many States Fail in U.S. History Standards

Ashley Thorne

Where do states set the bar for teaching American history in K-12? Is the curriculum accurate, chronological, and clear? The Fordham Institute reports.

Congratulations, King Banaian!

Ashley Thorne

Cross-posted from NAS.org  Congratulations to King Banaian, who was elected in a close race to the Minnesota House of Representatives. On Election Day he was ten votes ahead of his opponent Carol Lewis, and after a recount on November 29, Lewis conceded the race to Banaian.

Dr. Banaian is professor and chairman of the Economics Department of St. Cloud State University. He is a former board member of the Minnesota Association of Scholars and he blogs at SCSU Scholars (and the NAS Blog!). This week NAS is indebted to his expertise as an economist, which he drew upon to answer an "Ask a Scholar" question about interest rates on government debt.
 
We wish him success as he begins this new chapter of his career, serving the people of District 15B in St. Cloud Minnesota.

At the Ballot in AZ Nov. 2: Proposition 107

Ashley Thorne

Next week Arizona citizens have the historic opportunity to reject racial preferences in state institutions, including public universities, by voting YES on Proposition 107. Learn more: NAS's argument in favor of Prop. 107 A letter from NAS member Stuart Hurlbert to Arizonans Articles on Prop. 107

Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes Racial Preferences Bill

John Ellis

A victory for the California Association of Scholars, who argued against a bill that would have legalized racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination.

Jennifer Gratz on the Real Question About Race

Ashley Thorne

Jennifer Gratz, plaintiff in Gratz v. Bollinger in 2003, testified in court last week against AB 2047, a new bill that if passed, will overturn Proposition 209 and allow racial preferences in California university admissions. When asked, "If you had to bet your $5 on which kid was going to be more successful...one kid white, one kid of color, which kid do you think you should bet on?" she replied, "I wouldn't bet on either kid based on their race, I would look at the kid as a whole." Her interviewer pressed, "I regrettably come to the conclusion that race does still matter in terms of the ability of young people to succeed," to which Gratz answered, "I think the question should be: how do we get to the point, then, where it does not matter? And the government sticking its nose in the issue of race and determining based on someone's race who gets into a university, and picking and choosing winners and losers based on skin color, does not get us there." Watch the exchange in the 5-minute video below (via ACRI):

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California Scholars Fighting for Prop. 209

Ashley Thorne

Proposition 209, the law prohibiting racial preferences at public universities in California, is under attack. Last week the California Association of Scholars (CAS), an affiliate of NAS, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against Prop. 209 by an organization that, as NAS president Peter Wood said, "has deployed questionable tactics against civil rights initiatives in every state where they have been proposed." CAS, along with Ward Connerly and the American Civil Rights Foundation, will be represented by attorneys with the Pacific Legal Foundation. There is also a bill called AB2047, which would effectively overturn Prop. 209 and is now in the hands of the California Senate. CAS president John Ellis has sent a letter to the Senate chair, Gloria Romero, urging her and her colleagues to vote down this law. Links Press Release on CAS and BAMN lawsuit CAS Letter to State Senate Chronicle of Higher Ed Pacific Legal Foundation Press Release

CAS Opposes Racial Preferences Bill

John Ellis

The California Association of Scholars urges CA Senate not to pass a bill that will overturn Proposition 209 and allow the use of racial preferences in university admissions.

Arkansas Toothpick: The Cutting Edge of Academic Reform

Peter Wood

To increase graduation rates, Arkansas cuts course requirements.

Arizona Ends Divisive Chicano Studies in Schools

Ashley Thorne

Arizona has passed a bill to end La Raza studies, which taught elementary school students to see America as a clash between whites and Chicanos.

Why Texas Should Revive Western Civ Study

Steve Balch

NAS Chairman Steve Balch urged the Texas House Higher Education Committee to take the lead in reviving the study of Western civilization.

Stick 'Em Up!

NAS's newest member brings our attention to a legislative shootout between two education bills in California.