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'FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?'
Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Posted on 11/30/2009 2:32:48 PM PST by Sopater

FOX News Reporting investigated the $10 billion dollar-a-year textbook industry and how the drive to be politically correct might be taking over American schools.

Host Tucker Carlson, asked experts, teachers, publishers and parents the same question: "Do you know what is inside your children's textbooks?" From kindergarten through college, we found staggering errors and omissions which may be pushing agendas, hidden and otherwise.

We spoke to the author of “The Language Police,” education historian Diane Ravitch, who said textbook publishers censor images or words they deem to be controversial in children’s textbooks. She told us that publishers pander to special interest groups, and assemble bias and sensitivity review committees. These committees decide what words to ban or redefine, and even what images are deemed offensive.

And we examined some college textbooks both in print and in digital forms. We found a glaring mistake in an expensive history book written by Alan Brinkley, Provost at New York’s Columbia University.

And in Fairfax County Virginia, questions remain about what textbooks are used in the private Islamic Saudi Academy. The ISA teaches about 1000 students each year pre-K — 12. Questions have been raised about its textbooks at least since 2006.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fairfaxcounty; foxnews; homeschool; isa; publicschool; textbooks
I do. I buy them myself and teach my children myself. However, since I have a stake in what is taught in our local government school, I think that it's time I found out what is in those textbooks.
1 posted on 11/30/2009 2:32:49 PM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater

I know exactly what is in my kids’ textbooks. We homeschool. :-)

2 posted on 11/30/2009 2:41:48 PM PST by dnandell (I don't need no stinkin' tagline)
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To: dnandell

The program was well done. Yay for the home schoolers.

3 posted on 11/30/2009 2:48:38 PM PST by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: Sopater

When my kindergartner comes home from school, reciting the preamble of the Constitution from memory, I know what kind of textbooks he is reading.

And yes, he does have it memorized. :) (proud dad here)

4 posted on 11/30/2009 2:55:13 PM PST by derekr44
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To: LS

Didn’t you really get the ball rolling with this on Fox & Friends?

I noticed that it’s been a while since I saw you, and they’ve since brought in Tucker Carlson. I liked you better!


5 posted on 11/30/2009 4:08:38 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL
I did get the ball rolling, and Carlson is a shadow of me :)

But I'm onto much bigger things that Carlson would only wish he was a part of.

6 posted on 11/30/2009 7:07:23 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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