Holden Introduces Bill to Recognize President Obama in Textbooks
President Barack Obama will take his rightful place in California textbooks under legislation proposed by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). AB 1912, the President Barack Obama Curriculum Act, would be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama’s legacy for generations to come.
“This presidency should not be relegated to a footnote in textbooks,” said Assemblymember Holden. “There has been a long history of minimizing the accomplishments of African Americans in this country. We want to make sure that future generations will understand the significance of our nation’s first African-American President by giving him respect and recognition in our school history books.”
AB 1912 would encourage the State Board of Education to provide academic curriculum on the election of President Obama and its historical impact of overcoming our nation’s past and educating children to embrace diversity. The state’s history-social science standards for grades 7 – 12 haven’t been revised in nine years due largely to the state’s fiscal crisis. The next review and adoption of instructional materials will not take place until the 2015-2016 school year.
President Obama made history in 2008 as the first African-American President of the United States. He was reelected four years later to a second term.