“For the most part, children in our public schools are not getting a curriculum that responds to their culture, their identity, their communities that affirm who they are. So children who come to Academia Cuauhtli have an opportunity to learn that they’re not marginal, and learn that they’re members of a community that has roots that go all the way back to the original inhabitants of this continent.”
That quote comes from Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Co-Founder of Academia Cuauhtli, which offers classes about Mexican-American and Tejano culture every Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. This weekend during PBS NewsHour we visit a recent class to learn more about how their program fills the gaps in common history courses.
“Children at this level are learning about Greek gods, and getting access to Texas history, and this is an opportunity to share from a grounded, rooted, historic standpoint what that culture, language, and arts are and have been for this community,” Dr. Valenzuela said. “A lot of children feel very alienated and distanced from school, particularly if they’re immigrants. [This] helps them to feel connected to the larger curriculum. It becomes a bridge.”
On Sunday, The Texas Tribune rounds up the past week at the Texas State Capitol. Lawmakers advanced further restrictions on abortions, including bills that would ban abortion coverage from health insurance plans, and require abortion facilities to post information about adoption. Also this week, Governor Greg Abbott reported for jury duty, a new survey from the University of Texas at Austin shows a majority of Americans support a cities’ ability to ban fracking, and a House committee voted to designate an official hashtag of the Texas Legislature. You can see the Tribune’s Political Roundup in the video below.