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High School Student Raises Questions About Textbook Bias
FOXNews.com ^ | April 8, 2008 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/09/2008 9:37:25 AM PDT by 14erClimb

WASHINGTON — Talk about a civics lesson: A high-school senior has raised questions about political bias in a popular textbook on U.S. government, and legal scholars and top scientists say the teen's criticism is well-founded.

They say "American Government" by conservatives James Wilson and John Dilulio presents a skewed view of topics from global warming to separation of church and state. The publisher now says it will review the book, as will the College Board, which oversees college-level Advanced Placement courses used in high schools.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: americangovernment; brainwashedkid; globalwarming; globalwarmingscare; homosexualagenda; jameswilson; johndilulio; lawrencevtexas; politicalcorrectness; polticalcorrectness; textbook
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Another part of the book that the report criticizes deals with a Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas law banning sexual contact between people of the same sex.

The authors wrote that the Supreme Court decision had a "benefit" and a "cost." The benefit, it said, was to strike down a rarely enforced law that could probably not be passed today, while the cost was to "create the possibility that the court, and not Congress or state legislatures, might decide whether same-sex marriages were legal."

Gee, imagine that, a textbook that actually gives a Constitutional perspective.

1 posted on 04/09/2008 9:37:26 AM PDT by 14erClimb
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To: 14erClimb

Future MSM as_hat.


2 posted on 04/09/2008 9:38:04 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 14erClimb
Of course liberals are never biased. Their views are simply "mainstream."

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 04/09/2008 9:38:35 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 14erClimb

Here is the website for the textbook including chapters, study guides, and a synopsis of each section.


4 posted on 04/09/2008 9:40:38 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehrling

..oops, forgot the link..
http://college.hmco.com/polisci/wilson/am_gov/8e/students/index.html


5 posted on 04/09/2008 9:41:09 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: 14erClimb

Can’t have any students doubting the Hot Air Cult, can we?


6 posted on 04/09/2008 9:43:30 AM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: 14erClimb

Another article, same book...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1998695/posts


7 posted on 04/09/2008 9:43:53 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: mnehrling

Seems like a good book to me!


8 posted on 04/09/2008 9:44:11 AM PDT by 14erClimb (I'm not a member of the vast RINO conspiracy)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Well another thread anyway! :)


9 posted on 04/09/2008 9:44:48 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Resolute Conservative

Future MSM as_hat.

no you mean dumbass.


10 posted on 04/09/2008 9:45:00 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Please visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/et al.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

My bad. I just did a title search on this one.


11 posted on 04/09/2008 9:45:04 AM PDT by 14erClimb (I'm not a member of the vast RINO conspiracy)
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To: Gabz; SoftballMominVA; abclily; aberaussie; albertp; AliVeritas; AnAmericanMother; andie74; ...

Public Education Ping

This list is for intellectual discussion of articles and issues related to public education (including charter schools) from the preschool to university level. Items more appropriately placed on the “Naughty Teacher” list, “Another reason to Homeschool” list, or of a general public-school-bashing nature will not be pinged.

If you would like to be on or off this list, please freepmail Amelia, Gabz, Shag377, or SoftballMominVa

12 posted on 04/09/2008 9:46:45 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: xjcsa

Most people thought the earth was flat back in the day. Doesn’t mean the majority is always right.


13 posted on 04/09/2008 9:46:59 AM PDT by 14erClimb (I'm not a member of the vast RINO conspiracy)
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To: 14erClimb

This is only being reviewed because it might present too conservative of a viewpoint. If it was some leftwing whacko viewpoint, the publisher would have just dismissed any complaints.


14 posted on 04/09/2008 9:47:08 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: 14erClimb

someone needs to get this kid a high level government position while he still knows everything.


15 posted on 04/09/2008 9:47:41 AM PDT by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (Government that can do anything for you; can do anything TO you)
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To: 14erClimb
High School Student Raises Questions About Textbook Bias

I would bet that it wasn't the student's idea. It was most likely the idea of a NEA teacher, or a liberal teacher, or a liberal parent. More credibility would be given to the questions regarding the book's or author's "bias" if if was a student making the charge.
16 posted on 04/09/2008 9:49:08 AM PDT by adorno
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To: 14erClimb

Now the truth is biased?


17 posted on 04/09/2008 9:51:01 AM PDT by fml (So?)
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To: adorno

Possibly. But the last few lines of the article make it sound like this kid is a real pot-stirrer.


18 posted on 04/09/2008 9:51:43 AM PDT by 14erClimb (I'm not a member of the vast RINO conspiracy)
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To: Amelia

Had this been a student pointing out a liberal bias in a textbook, I venture to guess most posters here would be supportive.

I think the point being missed here is that the student is actually taking this much of an interest.......but that’s just me.


19 posted on 04/09/2008 9:53:09 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: 14erClimb

The other thread concerned mostly Global Warming, of which this kid is a mindless robot.


20 posted on 04/09/2008 9:53:42 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: RightWhale

An AP mindless robot.


21 posted on 04/09/2008 9:54:09 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: 14erClimb

Hey, this article is from the AP. They know all about bias:

“Hansen has sent Houghton Mifflin a letter stating that the book’s discussion on global warming contained “a large number of clearly erroneous statements” that give students “the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain.”

The edition of the textbook published in 2005, which is in high school classrooms now, states that “science doesn’t know whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all.”

A newer edition published late last year was changed to say, “Science doesn’t know how bad the greenhouse effect is.”

The authors kept a phrase stating that global warming is “enmeshed in scientific uncertainty.”

While there are still some scientists who downplay global warming and the role of burning fossil fuels, the overwhelming majority of climate scientists and peer-reviewed scientific research say human activity is causing climate change. Last year an international collection of hundreds of scientists and government officials unanimously approved wording that said the scientific community had “very high confidence,” meaning more than 90 percent likelihood, that global warming is caused by humans.”


22 posted on 04/09/2008 9:55:37 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: 14erClimb

The Center for Inquiry was established in 1991 by philosopher and author Paul Kurtz. It brought together two organizations: the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal[1] (CSICOP) and the Council for Secular Humanism[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Inquiry


23 posted on 04/09/2008 9:55:48 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: rightinthemiddle

“Jump off the cliff, all the cool kids are doing it.” - AssPress.


24 posted on 04/09/2008 9:56:57 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: Gabz

I like how the activist who founded the inquiry group was FOR secularism and FOR investigating the paranormal.

So Christians are superstious but let’s by all means look for all other sort of metaphysical explanations for the world around us.


25 posted on 04/09/2008 9:58:40 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: wintertime

ping


26 posted on 04/09/2008 10:00:52 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: weegee

My comments did not concern that at all, in fact I agree with you.

My point was the kid is actually taking an interest, whether I agree with him or not is immaterial.


27 posted on 04/09/2008 10:01:24 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: 14erClimb

FOX shilling for the left again.


28 posted on 04/09/2008 10:06:58 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 14erClimb

As a former social studies textbook editor, I can say this is astonishing in so many ways. First, it’s almost unbelievable that two conservative writers would be asked to undertake a project like this. Typically, the writers are - well - accomplished academic types that veer to the left. Second, the textbooks reflect their authorship and understandably lean left, as well. Rarely do conservative ideas make their way into a social studies textbook. (That’s because the books are written to satisfy state standards - not entirely their fault.) There is not much latitude there. So do we think publishers are going to get nailed now for their liberal bias? (Wait - don’t answer that..)


29 posted on 04/09/2008 10:13:53 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: 14erClimb
James Hansen, the director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, recently heard about LaClair's concerns and has lent him some support.

Hopefully it wasn't with a research project LOL.

30 posted on 04/09/2008 10:16:38 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: 14erClimb
James Hansen, the director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, recently heard about LaClair's concerns and has lent him some support.
Hansen has sent Houghton Mifflin a letter stating that the book's discussion on global warming contained "a large number of clearly erroneous statements" that give students "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain."

Considering the FACT that the earth has actually COOLED since the turn of the century, I'd say the 'evidence' of global warming IS doubtful and uncertain.

31 posted on 04/09/2008 10:18:03 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: 14erClimb
Possibly. But the last few lines of the article make it sound like this kid is a real pot-stirrer.

You might be right, but, one also has to consider the possibility that it was either the teachers or somebody in the family that egged on the student to bring up the questions. Would it not have been sufficient to let the principal and the school district and the state know about the "errors" found in the textbook, and then let the authorities deal with the publisher and author in correcting those "errors"? I think an agenda was more at work than simply pointing out the "errors". The agenda was to use the book and the author's as tools to try to further their "global warming" hysteria.

Furthermore, it is apparent that the students in that class and the school had already been "brainwashed" with the liberal agenda regarding global warming, and anything that veered slightly off-course from what they had been fed previously, would trigger the questions from the student. Instead of the student asking what the truth was, he immediately launched an investigation into how the author and book were inconsistent with the version of truth that had been fed to them. That student had already been taught to think one way and anything that differed from that one way was therefore incorrect or needed to be investigated.
32 posted on 04/09/2008 10:19:03 AM PDT by adorno
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To: Tribune7

Good catch.


33 posted on 04/09/2008 10:25:59 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: 14erClimb
The anchors were talking about this on our local news this morning. The male anchor couldn't help but point out that there IS disagreement on whether global warming is real, but "I guess that isn't something students should learn about."

He said it with such a smirk on his face, I had to laugh.

34 posted on 04/09/2008 10:26:04 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: 14erClimb; rdl6989; IrishCatholic; Delacon; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; CygnusXI; Fiddlstix; ..



Beam me to Planet Gore !

35 posted on 04/09/2008 10:27:41 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Gabz
but that’s just me.

Yeah, it's just you. ;)

36 posted on 04/09/2008 10:28:05 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody
No problem :)

BTW, my daughter and her best friend won 2nd place for their Science Fair project and now go on to the district level. Their project was about renewable energy and their conclusion read, in part:

Using crops can and does produce a certain amount of energy. But too much has to be used to make enough energy to be useful. Using too much food crops means wasting food.

The lemons and potatoes we have been using for this project can no longer be used to eat, but we are not going to be wasting them. When we are finished with the project we will put them in the compost pile. The compost will later be used as food for the garden for growing more crops, like the potatoes we used.

They're in 4th grade in a public school.

37 posted on 04/09/2008 10:35:32 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: 14erClimb

For just a brief, giddy moment I thought someone was actually publicly acknowledging the blatant liberal bias in textbooks.


38 posted on 04/09/2008 10:35:48 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: 14erClimb

i m a publik scewl teechur. I teach both English and history. My US government book is filled with liberal bs. It mentions “founders” not “founding fathers”, and it also refers to the Constitution as a “living document” and “an evolving document.” My senior English textbook has The Crucible in it, and the side notes want me to point out similarities between witch hunting and Joe McCarthy.


39 posted on 04/09/2008 10:36:33 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: adorno

Believe me, there are more than a few demwitted students. One came in my classroom during the last election proclaiming Kerry should be president. I made him prove to the class Kerry’s qualifications for the job. Needless to say, he left at the end of the hour with a bit more knowlege. A couple weeks ago, same student met me in the hall and said while he wasn’t on the GOP bandwagon, he was at least a conservative Independent and considered McCain the less evil of the bunch. Not too bad, if I might say so myself.


40 posted on 04/09/2008 10:39:33 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: Gabz
Had this been a student pointing out a liberal bias in a textbook, I venture to guess most posters here would be supportive. I think the point being missed here is that the student is actually taking this much of an interest.......but that’s just me.

I tend to agree. I like the fact that the student is actually thinking about what is in his textbook, rather than mindlessly accepting it all.

I don't want students mindlessly accepting everything at school, whether it comes from a conservative or liberal perspective -- that's just brainwashing, not teaching.

41 posted on 04/09/2008 10:41:05 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: 14erClimb
From the article that criticizes portions of the book as "inaccurate":

Last year an international collection of hundreds of scientists and government officials unanimously approved wording that said the scientific community had "very high confidence," meaning more than 90 percent likelihood, that global warming is caused by humans.
Of course if the citation of the international conference on climate change were accurate it would have said:
Last year an international collection of hundreds of government officials and a few scientists unanimously approved wording that said the scientific community ...

42 posted on 04/09/2008 10:44:42 AM PDT by VRWCmember (McCain 2008 -- If it's inevitible, you might as well lay back and try to enjoy it.)
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To: Amelia

If he and his supporters (at AgitProp Media) are blindly parroting the “overwhelming scientific communist community 99.9% assures us that man is responsbile for global warming and can change the atmosphere for good and well as bad...” then he isn’t “thinking” on his own at all.


43 posted on 04/09/2008 11:00:58 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: 14erClimb

Somebody need to give this turd a smack in the back of his head


44 posted on 04/09/2008 11:02:02 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: 14erClimb

Good god. This punk kid can find CONSERVATIVE bias, but can’t find any LIBERAL bias?!

Unbelievable.


45 posted on 04/09/2008 11:13:46 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: 14erClimb

This is blatant evidence that conservativism didn’t die a natural death as some have said; it’s being beaten to death right in front of us.

Censorship for presenting an alternative view?

How Mugabe.


46 posted on 04/09/2008 11:13:52 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: goodwithagun
Regarding the Crucible. It was written BEFORE McCarthy came to the forefront. The House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HCUAA, not HUAC) was established in the 1930s.

In the Crucible there were genuine witches. Whether their spells had any effect was a moot point, they stripped naked and danced in the woods.

In the 1920s-up in America there have been Communists. Communists who preferred to give loyalty to Mother Russia, the USSR, and Uncle Joe Stalin over the United States.

This is not a “Red Scare”. If it is then George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 are also both “Red Scare” anti-Communist propaganda.

Orwell was a Socialist until he closely observed how the Socialists were quite critical of the US and UK (even during WWII) but would never say a critical word of Stalin or the USSR. All animals are equal. Some are more equal than others.

Let's skip over McCarthy for now.

So in the Crucible there are witches made to go on the stand and “out” other witches. We are told that this is dangerous to our society, to compel someone under investigation to snitch on the others. Especially when the hearsay evidence they present is not concrete enough to secure a criminal conviction.

So flash forward to this year. And Congressional hearings into steroid use in professional baseball. Do you now or did you ever take human growth hormone? The questioning of Roger Clemens was brought on by the testimony of another player. And the line of questioning was of the sort “he claims to have spoken to you in 2000 or 2001... in THAT conversation from 2000 OR 2001 did you ever mention...”

Which conversation? THE one in 2000? Or THE one in 2001? Or maybe they had more than 2 conversations in two years time?

So the dirty little secret is that the Communists of the 1950s saw no harm in BEING a Communist, even with some of the fellow travelers giving secrets to the atomic bomb to Mother Russia and plunging us into a costly and nearly deadly 45 year Cold War.

The witches in The Crucible should’ve been permitted to be witches and the Communists should have been permitted to be Communists.

Now a Democrat in California wants to lift the legal prohibition on known Communists from serving in California's public schools. So the Naked Communists will have nothing to fear. Still don't think that they want to advance an extremist agenda?

Another witchhunt show trial to discuss in class. The persecution of Tom DeLay. 2 years later his case still has not come to trial and I think Ronnie Earle has stepped down. But the goal of getting DeLay out of office has been achieved and Democrat takeover of the Congress accomplished.

47 posted on 04/09/2008 11:14:01 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He can find conservative dissent from the “eternal truth”.


48 posted on 04/09/2008 11:16:18 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: verga

This kid should read http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-magazine/arts/601516/an-emerging-truth.thtml before he tries to assert the claim that climate science is “certain”


49 posted on 04/09/2008 11:19:40 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: SuziQ

50 posted on 04/09/2008 11:20:40 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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