In the State Board of Education District 11 Democratic Primary, we recommend
This editorial is on the Dallas Morning News editorial board’s list of recommendations for the 2022 primary. Find the full project here.
We never expected to recommend a candidate to the State Board of Education who wants to reduce the requirement to study Texas history, but it’s 2022 and we’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
Luis Miguel Sifuentes, 34, is a human resources officer from Chicago who now lives in Southlake and a former social studies and history professor from Texas. He appears to us to be a serious candidate who cares about ensuring that all children benefit from a quality education. We recommend Sifuentes in the Democratic primary for the State Board of Education, District 11.
The other primary candidate, DC Caldwell, does not seem like a serious candidate to us because he also filed in the Republican primary. We don’t know this political strategy, but again, it’s 2022 and unexpected things are happening.
While Caldwell’s name will be on the ballot, there would be no point in voting for him. State officials explained that a person running for more than one party is not eligible to win the general election. So, in essence, Sifuentes is the only Democratic choice, though his name isn’t the only one on the ballot.
Sifuentes dismisses concerns that school libraries routinely provide students with inappropriate books or that the history curriculum is problematic. It supports the search for a fairer approach to funding schools and reducing reliance on standardized tests. He says keeping children in the classroom is important to overcome learning loss due to COVID-19, especially among low-income students.
As a former Texas history professor, Sifuentes certainly has expertise on the value of this program. But we suggest he cools it down with the idea of cutting back on Texas history lessons. Texas history is American history, and the deeper and broader our understanding of our diverse Texas roots, the more we can respect our place in history and our duty to America’s future.
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