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Standards, Testing, and Accountability in Recent American Education History
Cuban, Larry. How Teachers Taught: Constancy and Change in American Classrooms, 1890-1990. 2nd ed. New York: Teachers College Press, 1993.
Evans, Ronald W. The Social Studies Wars: What Should We Teach the Children? New York: Teachers College Press, 2004.
Levitt, Steven D., and Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. HarperCollins, 2006. [Chapter 1 examines why public school teachers cheat for their students on standardized tests]
Maestri, Melissa Amy. “The Myth of a Multicultural Curriculum: An Analysis of New York State U.S. History Regents.” The History Teacher 39, no. 3 (May 2006).
Nichols, Sharon L., and David C. Berliner. Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2007. [Includes a lot of data on Texas and in comparison with other states]
Palmer, D. and A. W. Lynch. "A Bilingual Education for a Monolingual Test? The Pressure to Prepare for TAKS and its Influence on Choices for Language of Instruction in Texas Elementary Bilingual Classrooms." Language Policy 7, no. 3 (2008): 217-235.
Ravitch, Diane. The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980. Basic Books, 1983.
Wiener, Jon, and Diane Ravitch. "American History 101." Slate Online, May 17-19, 2005.
Wineburg, Sam. "Crazy for History." Journal of American History 90, no. 4 (March 2004).
Zimmerman, Jonathan. Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.
Zimmerman, Jonathan. Whose America?: Culture Wars in the Public Schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
Debates about State and National History Standards
LaSpina, James Andrew. California in a Time of Excellence: School Reform at the Crossroads of the American Dream. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.
MacMillan, Margaret. Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History. New York: Modern Library, 2009.
Nash, Gary B. History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past. 1st ed. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1997.
Textbooks and Textbook Publishing
Brinkley, Alan. "The Challenges and Rewards of Textbook Writing: An Interview with Alan Brinkley." The Journal of American History 91, no. 4 (March 2005).
Cohen, Daniel J. "By the Book: Assessing the Place of Textbooks in U.S. Survey Courses." The Journal of American History 91, no. 4 (March 2005).
Forman, Steve. "Textbook Publishing: An Ecological View." The Journal of American History 91, no. 4 (March 2005).
Guasco, Michael J. "Building the Better Textbook: The Promises and Perils of E-Publication." The Journal of American History 89, no. 4 (March 2003).
Jaffee, David. "'Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye': E-Supplements and the Teaching of U.S. History." The Journal of American History 89, no. 4 (March 2003).
Kornblith, Gary J., and Carol Lasser. "'The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth': Writing, Producing, and Using College-Level American History Textbooks." The History Teacher 91, no. 4 (March 2005).
Masur, Louis P. "Pictures have Now Become a Necessity: The Use of Images in American History Textbooks." The Journal of American History 84, no. 4 (March 1998): 1409-24.
Norton, Mary Beth. "Reflections of a Longtime Textbook Author; or, History Revised, Revised—and Revised Again." The Journal of American History 91, no. 4 (March 2005).
Tebeau, Mark. "Pursuing E-Opportunities in the History Classroom." The Journal of American History 89, no. 4 (March 2003).
VanSledright, Bruce. "Thinking historically." Journal of Curriculum Studies, 41, no. 3 (2009): 433-438.
Zimmerman, Jonathan. "Brown-ing the American Textbook: History, Psychology, and the Origins of Modern Multiculturalism." History of Education Quarterly 44, no. 1 (Spring 2004).
History Education in Texas
Cashion, Ty. "Three R’s and the Hickory Stick on the Texas Frontier." East Texas Historical Journal, 36, no. 2 (Fall 2002). [Examines the diary of a teacher in western Texas during the American Civil War; the teacher dealt with some issues that plague teachers today--school prayer, meddling administrators, and discipline--but also had to suspend school on occasion to go on Indiana campaigns]
Salvucci, Linda K. "Getting the Facts Straight: New Views of Mexico and Its Peoples in Recently Adopted U.S. History Textbooks in Texas," The Public Historian 14, no. 4 (Fall 1992): 57-69 [analyzes textbooks adoptions from 1992-1998]
Salvucci, Linda K., "Mexico, Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Secondary-School U.S. History Textbooks," The History Teacher 24, no. 2 (Feb. 1991): 203-222 [analyzes textbooks adoptions from 1986-1992]
San Miguel Jr., Guadalupe. "Let All of Them Take Heed": Mexican Americans and the Campaign for Educational Equality in Texas, 1919-1981. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1987.
Shabazz, Amilcar. Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Texas Education Agency. "An Overview of the History of Public Education in Texas."
Texas Reference Sources Online. "Education."
Texas State Historical Association. The Handbook of Texas Online. "Education," "Commissioner of Education," "Texas Education Agency," "Mexican Americans and Education," "Education for African Americans," "Women and Education," "Teacher Education."
Texas State Historical Association. Texas Almanac. "Education."
The Place of History in Texas Public Life
Brundage, W. Fitzhugh. The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
Horowitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. [Explores the wider context of Confederate memories across the South]
Linenthal, Edward Tabor. Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991. [Chapter 2 examines competing memories of the Alamo; and the book places them in context with memories of other battlefields, including Lexington and Concord, Gettysburg, Little Bighorn, and Pearl Harbor]
Ray, Celeste, ed. Southern Heritage on Display: Public Ritual and Ethnic Diversity within Southern Regionalism. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2003. [Chapter 8 discusses the public memory of the Alamo in San Antonio]