Do the schoolbook publishers of America have standards? Courage? Ethics? In what sense do they stand behind their product? For “product” they sometimes produce, and not textbooks in the traditional sense. I ask these questions for a reason.
Right-wingers from Texas will be deciding what will be added and taken out of the textbooks of America’s school children. They form the majority of the 15-member Texas State Board of Education. They believe current textbooks are slanted toward a liberal viewpoint, and that discussion of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, which one member describes as “hooey,” wrongly excludes a consideration of Creationism.
And see also…
- Confessions of an Aca/Fan: The Struggle Over What Gets Taught in Texas: An Interview with Rebecca Bell-Meterau.
- Textbook cases – latimes.com.
- Potential Texas school books: Was Jefferson Davis that bad a guy? | Opinion L.A. | Los Angeles Times.
- Outside Texas, alarm over textbook changes – latimes.com.
- Editorial – Rewriting History in Texas – NYTimes.com.
- Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards – NYTimes.com.
- What Values Are Apparent in Your School Textbooks? – The Learning Network Blog – NYTimes.com.
- Huffington Post: God, History And The Texas Public Schools: A Debate That Impacts All Of Us.