Report Scrutinizes American-History Courses at 2 Texas Universities

American-history courses at two flagship universities in Texas gave students “a less-than-comprehensive picture” of the subject because faculty members focused on the issues of race, class, and gender at the expense of other important topics in the discipline, concludes a report released on Thursday by the National Association of Scholars, a group that has frequently criticized colleges and universities for what it believes is excessive politicization of the classroom.

The report, “Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?,” examines 85 sections of American-history courses at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University at College Station during the fall-2010 semester. It found what it calls an “inordinate focus” on the issues of race, class, and gender, crowding other topics out of the curriculum. The report suggests that this pattern was “far more problematic” on the Austin campus than it was in College Station. Peter W. Wood, the association’s president, has been a blogger for The Chronicle.

In a written statement, Austin officials pushed back against the report’s findings, saying that it paints “a narrowly defined and largely inaccurate picture” of the courses under review, and adding that it “mischaracterizes how race, class, and gender inform teaching and research in history.”

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