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  • With Liberty and iPads For All

    08/20/2014 5:47:04 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 29 replies
    vanity | 8-20-14 | vanity
    All textbooks on iPad at my child's high school, computers for all from K-12 in the school district where I live. This even though most kids already have one and some have more than one computer of their own, the schools private and public have purchased from Apple zillions of MacBook Airs and iPad Airs to bestow upon their students. Students are to use a program called Noteability to write on the screens with the stylus that came with the "device" and use Google connect to send in to their teachers. Did anyone ask the parents for input on any...
  • Hamas Upset with Textbooks that Recognize ‘Zionists’

    02/11/2014 9:32:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/12/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Hamas has taken issue with new textbooks introduced by the UN’s relief agency and which recognize “the Zionists.” […] “We denounce the publication and distribution of syllabus in UNRWA-run schools without the approval of the ministry of education and higher education,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by Ma’an. The statement added that such curricula “do not fit the culture of our Palestinian society, and its meant to brainwash Palestinian students and convince them to accept the Zionist enemies while they continue to kill our people, carry out more oppressive procedures, Judaize the holy city (Jerusalem) and build the...
  • ALABAMA School Board dismisses all parental concerns about Islam-focused textbooks in public schools

    01/19/2014 4:17:24 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 33 replies
    barenakedislam.com ^ | January 18, 2014
    The State Education Board has refused to replace 11 of Alabama’s approved social studies textbooks that feature a chilling overemphasis on Islam at the exclusion of any and all other religions. Most of these textbooks are funded by the Saudi government and distributed free of charge to U.S. schools.
  • NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

    12/22/2013 7:15:22 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2013 11:25 AM (ET) | By JIM FITZGERALD
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book - from freshman biology to senior calculus - is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets. "The last couple of years, this would have been like 30 pounds," says sophomore Brandon Cabaleiro, whose load nowadays includes just his iPad, his lunch and a jacket. snip The online history books, for example, include videos on subjects ranging from Woodrow Wilson to Malcolm X. The science books show scientific processes in motion. The English books grade an essay...
  • A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

    12/03/2013 10:53:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The commemoration of that “date which will live in infamy” brings up memories of more than Pearl Harbor but of the entire American effort in World War II: of the phenomenal production of planes and tanks and munitions by American industry; of millions of young men enlisting (with thousands lying about their age to get into the service); of the men who led the war, then and now seeming larger than life—Churchill and F.D.R., Eisenhower and MacArthur, Monty and Patton; and of the...
  • New Hamas textbooks: Torah and Talmud are 'fabricated'

    11/04/2013 12:24:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Israel HaYom ^ | 11/4/13 | staff
    New York Times reports that Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into Gaza schools, as part of effort to spread its ideology • Books do not recognize Israel and describe Palestine as encompassing all land between Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into schools in the Gaza Strip this fall, as part of an effort to spread its militant ideology among Palestinian youth, The New York Times reported on Sunday. According to the report, the books do not recognize modern Israel, or mention the Oslo Accords that Israel signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in...
  • To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks

    11/03/2013 7:36:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | Fares Akram and Jodi Rudorem
    When a class of Palestinian ninth graders in Gaza recently discussed the deadly 1929 riots over access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, it was guided by a new textbook, introduced this fall by the Islamist Hamas movement. … What Gaza teenagers are reading in their 50-page hardcover texts this fall includes references to the Jewish Torah and Talmud as “fabricated,” and a description of Zionism as a racist movement whose goals include driving Arabs out of all of the area between the Nile in Africa and the Euphrates in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.“Palestine,” in turn, is defined as a...
  • U.S. History Textbook Guts the Second Amendment

    09/17/2013 8:20:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/17/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Author John J. Newman has some explaining to do. His textbook, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, literally rewrites the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. On page 102 of Newman’s book (page 134 of the PDF version), the author cuts the Second Amendment in half and leaves out several key words.
  • High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

    09/16/2013 7:55:35 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 77 replies
    DailyPaul.com ^ | 9/16/2013 | RobHino
    It is our duty to stop stuff like this. Guyer High School (and obviously several others) are complicit in attempting to condition students to interpret the 2nd Amendment in a clearly opposite manner in which it was intended. The 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th are also misinterpreted as several commentators below pointed out. This textbook, currently being used by Guyer High School, is attempting to redefine the Second Amendment to impressionable young minds. Parents, you must speak up and demand action. Investigate your child's history book ASAP, and post more pictures in the comments below. Call your school and demand...
  • Floridians Outraged Over Islamic Bias And Indoctrination In School Textbooks

    07/27/2013 9:31:47 AM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 26, 2013 | Dean Garrison
    Does Prentice Hall ring a bell? Depending on when you went to school you may have had a few Prentice Hall textbooks. I know I did. One of their current textbooks, simply titled World History, is causing quite the stir in Florida. (Florida Today) reports:Two Brevard School Board members are reviewing a world history textbook used in ninth grade Advance Placement classes amid concerns that it is biased in favor of Islam — at the expense of Christianity and Judaism. House Representative Ritch Workman and individuals from two citizens groups spoke against the textbook, Prentice Hall World History, at the...
  • US to blame for 9/11? School test under fire: Controversy over Texas curriculum (CSCOPE)

    03/25/2013 9:33:56 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 116 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 03/25/2013 | Megyn Kelly
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  • New York approves war-oriented reading textbooks for third-grade classrooms

    03/18/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    nypost ^ | March 18, 2013 | YOAV GONEN
    Tales of war, bombs and abduction — coming to a third-grade classroom near you. City and state education bureaucrats have given the green light to an English curriculum for elementary schools that includes picture books with startlingly realistic portrayals of war — to be read by 8-year-olds. They include “The Librarian of Basra,” which contains drawings of fighter planes dropping bombs on a palm-tree-lined Middle Eastern town. In another illustration, the protagonist looks worried, peering out a window at soldiers manning machine guns on a rooftop.The terrified townsfolk wonder, “Who among us will die?” and “Will our families survive?” Similarly,...
  • Israel: Can’t Find PA Incitement? Here It Is

    02/05/2013 4:07:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    In wake of the release of a report comparing Palestinian Authority textbooks to Israeli textbooks in terms of incitement, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry has released a simple PowerPoint presentation outlining PA incitement and giving examples. Among the more disturbing instances of incitement are incident in which teachers used their blogs or Facebook pages to spread hate. One PA school’s Facebook page includes an image of an Arab child being strangled by a snake marked with a Star of David. Another school’s Facebook page has an image of Adolf Hitler, complete with a quote stating that Hitler left some Jews alive...
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Abolish Social Studies - Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness.

    12/10/2012 11:13:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL KNOX BERAN
    Emerging as a force in American education a century ago, social studies was intended to remake the high school. But its greatest effect has been in the elementary grades, where it has replaced an older way of learning that initiated children into their culture with one that seeks instead to integrate them into the social group. The result was a revolution in the way America educates its young. The old learning used the resources of culture to develop the childÂ’s individual potential; social studies, by contrast, seeks to adjust him to the mediocrity of the social pack. Why promote the...
  • McGraw-Hill plans 63 layoffs at Polaris location

    12/07/2012 1:22:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 6, 2012 | Steve Wartenberg
    McGraw-Hill Education announced today it will layoff 63 employees from its Polaris offices as part of a move to reorganize and upgrade the digital quality of the kindergarten to high school products it offers. The Polaris offices are the headquarters of McGraw-Hill’s School Education division, which is part of the larger education operations. The cutbacks will reduce the number of employees at Polaris to about 510. Nationally, there will be 138 layoffs in the school education division...
  • Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills

    09/28/2012 6:01:22 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | 3:10 pm | Patrick McGreevy
    California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free. Twin bills by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will give students free digital access to 50 core textbooks for lower-division courses offered by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. Hard copies of the texts would cost $20...
  • Academics Celebrate Obama Prematurely

    09/27/2012 8:23:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 25, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Even given the longstanding urge of academics to treat Democratic presidents the way the Catholic Church once treated saints, the academic Left may have been a bit hasty when it rushed to canonize the current occupant of the White House. “When I still taught there, I’d walk past classrooms at Georgia Perimeter College and hear Obama’s speeches played for students,” Mary Grabar remembers. “Professors took entire classes to watch his inauguration in the assembly hall.” “They had Obama-Biden campaign material tacked up on the doors of their offices.” Grabar currently teaches at Emory. “For fall semester 2012, freshmen at Emory...
  • Textbook price-check tool met with doubt - as campus bookstores "run the risk of insolvency"

    08/25/2012 3:40:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 24, 2012 | Nanette Asimov
    Campus bookstores hate the idea, and even some college students are skeptical of the new effort by a former California lawmaker to help them save money on textbooks for hundreds of classes on nearly every campus from Alabama to the Yukon Territory. It's a free price-check that lets students compare textbook prices and rentals, and buy from the source they like best. The new online tool comes from former state Sen. Dean Florez, president of the 20 Million Minds Foundation in Sacramento, which lobbies for low-cost textbooks and is behind legislation, SB1052, to create a low-cost digital textbook library in...
  • What the? Now Facts Erased from Schoolbooks

    03/20/2012 8:10:25 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 10 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | 03-19-12 | Drew Zahn
    Who perpetrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – a group of men merely fighting “for a cause,” or a band of radical Muslims bent on violent jihad? According to a new, comprehensive study of 6th-12th grade textbooks used by schools across the country, America’s children are being taught a very different answer to that question than many alive to witness 9/11 remember. SNIP
  • Tibi Bill Would Ban Reference to Pre-State Arab Gangs

    01/16/2012 12:04:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/12
    Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al-United Arab List) is scheduled to introduce a bill in the Knesset, Monday, that would deny approval to textbooks that use of the terms "gang" or "gang leader" to refer to Arabs who fought against the Jews before the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948 and would refer to them as "fighters". Under the measure, a team of Arab and Jewish historians would have to re-approve existing textbooks for further use. Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon cleared the bill for introduction, who did not view the proposal as seeking to undermine Israel's...
  • California Gov Signs Landmark Law to Teach Gay History

    07/15/2011 5:30:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2011
    <p>California has become the first state in the nation to require public schools to add lessons about gay history to social studies classes, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the landmark bill on Thursday.</p> <p>The Democratic-majority Legislature passed the bill last week on a largely party-line vote.</p>
  • Jerry Brown signs LGBT school textbook bill

    07/14/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/14/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a controversial bill to include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in California's public school textbooks. After the governor signed the bill introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, he released a statement that said, "History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books. It represents an important step forward for our state, and I thank Sen. Leno for his hard work on this historic legislation."
  • History Books Get Gay Makeover

    07/07/2011 4:50:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2011 | Michael Reagan
    According to a shocking news report, California legislators have enacted legislation that gives the state the dubious distinction of being the first state in the nation to require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum. We can be certain that one result of this ill-advised move will subject kids to a form of what CIA spooks call "blow back" -- an inevitable result of a specific action. When I was a youngster I was teased and bullied for being an adopted child. In view of my personal experiences, should we add the...
  • Assembly passes bill to require contributions of gays in textbooks

    07/05/2011 7:19:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    latimes.com ^ | July 6, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento — Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure sparked a spirited debate, including personal pleas from two openly gay lawmakers — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). They said the bill would reduce the bullying of gay students and correct an oversight by history books. "I don't want to be invisible in a textbook," Ammiano told his...
  • Bill to Include Gay Rights Movement Info in California Textbooks Clears Hurdle

    04/06/2011 12:02:58 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 6, 2011 | Diana Macedo
    The California Legislature could soon pass a bill that would require school textbooks and teachers to incorporate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans into their curriculum. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, or SB48, which mimics a bill previously vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, made it one step closer to becoming law Tuesday after being approved by the state's Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno, could have a nationwide impact if passed because California is such a big buyer of textbooks that publishers often incorporate the state's standards into books...
  • GOP voice joins curriculum debate (Texas)

    02/17/2011 2:39:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2011 | Gary Scharrer
    [snip] The new Texas curriculum standards represent a hodge-podge of names motivated by partisan politics, the Fordham Institute said in its report. Civil rights groups protested the new standards, which they claim distort history and shortchange the contributions of minorities. The Texas chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a complaint last year with the U.S. Department of Education, asking the agency to take legal action if Texas tries to implement the new standards. The complaint still is being evaluated, a department spokesman said. [snip] "The State...
  • US Textbooks: Muslims Discovered America

    01/22/2011 10:42:23 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 64 replies · 2+ views
    “This is a very disturbing video about how our high school students are being brainwashed by Moslems in favor of Islam because our textbook publishers, school principals and teachers do not have the knowledge about Islam to know what is true and what is false. The textbooks are loaded with false positive statements about Islam and false negative statements about Christianity and Judaism.”
  • (Texas)STATE BOARD OF ED. Tone may moderate w/ new members - GOP likely to hang on to 2 key seats

    11/03/2010 12:27:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 3, 2010, 12:46AM | GARY SCHARRER
    Republicans will keep two key seats on the State Board of Education in Tuesday's election, but Texans could see a more moderate tone in the makeup of the new board. Republican Marsha Farney, of Georgetown, beat out Democrat Judy Jennings, of Austin, for the District 10 seat that runs from outside Harris County to Austin. Farney will replace Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, one of the leaders of the social conservatives, who decided against another term. In another key contest, incumbent Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, easily outpaced Texas State University professor Rebecca Ball Metereau for the District 5 seat that runs from...
  • Religious demands rise in French state schools -- study

    10/25/2010 9:56:02 AM PDT · by combat_boots
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 25 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    Tips for Muslim Parents in US: Imposing Islam in Your Public Schools This is a strategy of the global jihad ..... to impose Islam on secular societies. In the culture war, the public school system is key. Religious demands rise in French state schools - study Yahoo (hat tip Jon) PARIS (Reuters) - Muslim pupils and parents in France are increasingly making religious demands on the state school system that teachers should rebuff by explaining the country's secular principles, according to an official report. [...] "It is becoming difficult for teachers to resist religious pressures," said the report, published in...
  • Shock Video: U.S. text books: Muslims Discovered America

    10/05/2010 8:06:32 AM PDT · by Tumba · 51 replies
    So the Saudi's donate millions of dollars over decades to slowly change history in OUR text books and we fall for it... over money... U.S. text books in public schools stating that Muslims discovered American.. Where does it end?
  • Texas Education resolution target lessons resolution target lesson claims favor Islam in textbook

    09/23/2010 10:53:29 AM PDT · by goldendays · 17 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | Thursday, September 23rd 2010 | MICHAEL SHERIDAN
    Texas sect standoff intensifies Children are being taught to like Islam and hate Christianity, according to elected officials in Texas, who say they're hellbent on stopping it. And what these 14 people decide could influence textbooks for the entire nation. Members of the state's Board of Education will vote on a new resolution on Friday that argues textbooks dedicate more time to teaching the Muslim faith, while offering less information about Christian history. The information is also skewed, the resolution states, showing Islam in a positive light while demonizing Christianity. For example, it argues, "120 student text lines" in one...
  • Texas Board of Education to Vote on Pro-Islamic Bias in Textbooks

    09/23/2010 5:34:58 AM PDT · by rightistight · 11 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/23/10 | Aurelius
    This coming Friday the Texas State Board of Education will be taking a vote on textbooks. This will have nothing to do with important dates or grammar, but something that something potentially insidious: brainwashing of students. Critics of new textbooks have called on the BoE to investigate and vote on several passages in new textbooks that they believe have a "pro-Islamic bias." According to Republican member of the Texas Board of Education Don McLeroy, the only reason why Islam is getting a favorable writing is because "Academia wants to lean over backwards to be politically correct and not be labeled...
  • Showdown over Islam looming for SBOE (TX school board, allegation of religious bias in textbooks)

    09/16/2010 8:17:40 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 16 replies
    Express News via My San Antonio ^ | 09/16/2010 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN — Texas public school children risk getting tainted with a pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias in their textbooks, according to a resolution the State Board of Education will consider next week that's likely to fan emotions already running high across the country. “If Christians and Judaism gets pushed aside, parents and people don't like it because it's not accurate. It's not true,” said Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, one of the board members supporting the resolution. Critics of the resolution contend the bias perceptions either are inflated or invalid. And they point out the lack of objections seven years ago when the social studies...
  • Cultural Marxism in the Classroom: Parental Complaints Result in Restrictions of Parental Access

    09/02/2010 7:08:05 PM PDT · by unspun · 47 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | September 2, 2010 | Janet Smiles
    One slice of American Marxism's massive assault upon our children's mindsReported by the Minnesota Family CouncilAfter parents of Big Lake School District students began protesting the high school’s diversity lessons, district officials proposed a policy to control parental access to the schools.Parents in the District have spoken out against the Diversity Perspectives class textbook that promotes what one parent described as “an extremely liberal agenda.” And, parents state, the text includes concepts promoting socialism and homosexuality. After bringing their concerns forward, word spread that the Big Lake School Board is considering a policy that impairs parents’ ability to monitor what...
  • Islam indoctrination in U.S. textbooks

    06/03/2010 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 86 replies · 1,358+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 3, 2010 | Jen Shroder
    Today's textbooks indoctrinate our children into Islam and are backed by court rulings allowing teachers to REQUIRE our children to bow down and pray to Allah "in demonstration." As Obama's non-jihadists plot to "internally cleanse" America shouting "Allah-Akbar," many of our children have simultaneously taken the position on their hands and knees and recited, "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, The Compassionate, the Merciful, King of Judgment day! You alone we worship, and to You alone we pray for help, Guide us to the straight path." Public outrage has caused...
  • 'Glenn Beck': Founders' Friday: African-American Founders

    06/01/2010 8:25:23 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 885+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 31, 2010 | Glenn Beck
    ... And tonight, I think we're going to blow your mind. You're going to have to ask yourself a couple questions by the end of the program: why — why would our schools leave all of this history out? I mean, this is some of the greatest American story that you've ever heard. Why would they — why would they do that? And it's everywhere. ... If you take a look at the revolutionary paintings, paintings of revolutionary times, here it is — this is the Boston Tea Party. A bunch of white guys and these people strangely looking like...
  • Texas Sidestep

    05/26/2010 9:46:34 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 223+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Texas Sidestep Malcolm A. Kline, May 26, 2010 Elites who treat the efforts of Texas officials to balance their otherwise politically correct textbooks as a scandal are missing an even bigger outrage in the Lone Star State’s public schools. “Decisions that are made in Texas have a ripple effect across the country,” Phillip VanFossen, head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a professor of social studies education at Purdue University told Amanda Paulson, a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor. “Still, he notes, as the pendulum swings toward national standards—which have yet to be developed for social...
  • Jon Carroll { Teach your children not so well }

    05/26/2010 8:05:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 640+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/26/10 | Jon Carroll
    I'm not worried about the children of Texas, although maybe I should be. No matter what their Board of Education says, the truth is out there. The wishing-makes-it-so approach of the board is, I hope, futile, a rearguard action fought by frightened people. It's all nostalgia, which comes from a Greek word meaning "homesickness." These school board tea-baggers want to go home again, except home has moved and left no forwarding address.
  • The War Over America’s Past

    05/25/2010 8:00:35 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 19 replies · 788+ views
    Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture ^ | May 25th, 2010 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” That was the slogan of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s “1984,” where Winston Smith worked ceaselessly revising the past to conform to the latest party line of Big Brother. And so we come to the battle over history books in the schools of Texas. Liberals are enraged that a Republican-dominated Board of Education is rewriting the texts. But is the rewrite being done to falsify history, or to undo a liberal bias embedded for decades? Consider a few of the issues. The new texts...
  • Texas Board of Education adopts new standards

    05/22/2010 6:21:13 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 14 replies · 354+ views
    NECN/News 8: Austin, TX ^ | 5/22/10 2 hrs ago
    (NECN/News 8: Austin, TX) - A final vote on what will be included Texas elementary school history books for the next decade has finally been approved by the state board of education. Three long days of debate and almost two years of crafting new curriculum standards for social studies was passed. With the adoption of the new standards the new materials could be in classrooms starting in 2013. But the state legislature has to first appropriate money for that to move forward. News 8 Austin's Karina Kling has more.
  • Biblical values and Confederates promoted in Texas textbook revisions

    05/22/2010 12:22:41 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies · 819+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/21/2010 | Tom Leonard
    American students will learn more about the virtues of free enterprise, Biblical values and the Confederacy's cause, and less about slavery and civil rights in a controversial new curriculum being pushed through by the Texas school board. Members of the state's board of education put the finishing touches on Friday to a new history and social studies curriculum for the state's 4.8 million state school students. The proposed programme, which will affect other parts of the US due to Texas's large share of the school textbook market, has prompted months of fierce argument and protests outside the board's headquarters in...
  • FREEP This Poll! Do you support the Texas Board of Education's curriculum changes?

    05/20/2010 12:28:23 PM PDT · by Thurston_Howell_III · 16 replies · 735+ views
    The Texas Board of Education is poised to enact a new social-studies curriculum that portrays America as a nation rooted in Biblical values and promotes the virtues of low taxes, limited regulation and free enterprise. Those standards have provoked heated debate in the state similar to the one that broke out last year when the board overhauled the science curriculum. What do you think? Are Texas' new standards appropriate? Or are they changing the curriculum in a way that is not representative of the rest of the country?
  • Socialist Math Textbook Exercises

    05/16/2010 6:16:27 AM PDT · by mattstat · 2 replies · 312+ views
    You know how bad math classes have become. What makes it worse is that politics have crept into the classroom. Here is an example of an actual math-quiz problem, quoted in Foreign Policy (linked from a story we did two years ago): In 2004, a bread roll cost 40 cents. For the wheat that went into it, the farmer received less than 2 cents. What do you think about that? This question might have preserved some semblance to math had it required the student to do some figuring. Where’s the math? I’m not even sure what the politics are, since...
  • Making War Over History

    04/23/2010 7:03:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2010 | Suzanne Fields
    Texas is big. Everybody knows that. Texans, who boast about their diversity and productivity, are usually big, too. Texas produces more beef and cotton than any other state. Texas has a lot of snakes and flowers, and producers of nearly everything everywhere are determined to make a market in Texas. When the product bears on what children in the other 49 states learn at school, what Texas produces becomes our business. Textbook publishers long ago learned that publishing textbooks for Texas was an opportunity to hit a gusher, like Jett Rink's gusher of oil in the movie "Giant." With more...
  • UK: Finally, a reminder that these islands DO have a proud history (classic school texts reissued)

    04/18/2010 2:13:28 AM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies · 687+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 17, 2010 | Peter Hitchens
    (edit) I would have liked my own children to learn such proper history, except that by the time I found out the sort of confusing, demoralising trash that passes for history in today’s schools, it was too late.  As I gazed in disgust at the feeble, babyish pamphlets – designed in many cases to undermine the version I was taught – and scraps of photocopied paper which nowa days do the duty of textbooks, I wondered what had become of the histories I had studied.  They had vanished in some vast Sixties bonfire, in many ways as bad as Hitler’s...
  • Some right-wingers ignore facts as they rewrite U.S. history (Emesis Alert)

    04/02/2010 1:06:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 39 replies · 1,044+ views
    Yahoo - McClatchy ^ | 04/02/10 | Steven Thomma
    The right is rewriting history. The most ballyhooed effort is under way in Texas , where conservatives have pushed the state school board to rewrite guidelines, downplaying Thomas Jefferson in one high school course, playing up such conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly and the Heritage Foundation and challenging the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted to separate church and state. The effort reaches far beyond one state, however. In articles and speeches, on radio and TV, conservatives are working to redefine major turning points and influential figures in American history, often to slam liberals, promote Republicans and reinforce their positions in...
  • Obama To Take Over Control of College Textbooks?

    03/31/2010 6:57:04 AM PDT · by Sopater · 67 replies · 1,600+ views
    Big Government ^ | Warner Todd Huston
    Candace de Russy over at National Review posted an alarming example [1] of an Obama power grab. Or perhaps more precisely it’s yet another alarming example of an Obama power grab. This time Obama apparently is setting the table to take control of what is printed in our nation’s college textbooks.This one slipped past my radar in August of 2009, but apparently Barack Obama signed the Federal Textbook Act (Download .pdf file [2]) that made provisions for the federal government to take control of the pricing and availability of the text books in our institutions of higher learning (at...
  • Group decries textbooks on Islam as inflammatory

    03/17/2010 11:35:49 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 486+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 17 | KATHY MATHESON
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A series of children's textbooks on Islam contains misleading and inflammatory rhetoric about the religion, inaccurately portraying its followers as inherently violent and deserving of suspicion, according to a Muslim civil liberties group. The Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations began what it calls a public awareness campaign Wednesday against the "World of Islam" books by Mason Crest Publishing.....
  • Dear Texas: Please shut up. Sincerely, History (Morford Alert)

    03/17/2010 12:41:52 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 44 replies · 1,872+ views
    SFGate ^ | Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | Mark Morford
    Hey, kids! Here's something I bet you didn't know: Black people? Back in 1800 or whenever? They liked being slaves. True! Many savvy, industrious Negroes actually volunteered for that fine, desirable position. It was a completely balanced, fair, hugely successful system, until those damn liberals came along and ruined everything. I know, right? What a shame. Do you know what else? America was wholly victorious in Vietnam. It's a fact! Kicked some serious enemy butt! Mission accomplished! Sure it was a little bumpy for awhile, but President Nixon, that great and wronged American hero, put us on the righteous path...