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  1. Mar 15, 2010 #1

    Evo

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    This is rather disturbing, to say the least.

    U.S. history textbooks could soon be flavored heavily with Texas conservatism

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1253 [Broken]
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2010 #2
    How could this even get in there:

     
  4. Mar 15, 2010 #3
    Well at least I'm not in high school anymore.
     
  5. Mar 15, 2010 #4
    If parents were allowed tax credits for not using the public school system, then there would be a lot more choice. That means if you want to put your kid in a school with different curriculum from neighbors, then you don't have to pay for the public schools that your kids don't use. The uniformity of the textbooks is a direct result of a government monopoly.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2010 #5
    Some good, some bad, textbooks will never be perfect. I know textbooks for very long have been skewed to the Left, I remember reading an elementary school textbook that talked about how government money should be spent and not be spent, one example of how it should not be spent being a missile defense system :confused: Don't know what THAT was doing in an elementary school text!

    I might be wrong but I think one reason Latin and Hispanic history is being curtailed is to make more room for European history. Latin and Hispanic history deals with the Inca, Aztec, etc...which while nice, are not what created modern society. We got the English language, modern science, common law, and all that, from Europe and European history is thus very important. If you are Hispanic and want to learn hispanic history, fine, but the history of the nation is more what you need to be taught in school (they cannot make room for every nation and culture's history).

    Not including Jefferson I think is bad.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2010 #6

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    Actually, Texas was part of Mexico. Remember the Alamo and Santa Anna? Mexico is an extremely inmportant part of Texas history.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2010 #7

    I am pretty sure the Texans are way more proud of being American than they are of being ex-Mexicans.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2010 #8
    Sure it is. But not going into depth on Hispanic and Latin history doesn't mean they are excluding Mexico as it relates to the history of the United States. We don't need to go deeply into depth on the history of Japan either, but Japan was a part of our history in the sense of pulling us into WWII.
     
  10. Mar 15, 2010 #9
    Jefferson should definitely be included.
     
  11. Mar 15, 2010 #10
    Mexico is taking the Southwest back one person at a time on foot, or 15 at a time in minivans.
     
  12. Mar 15, 2010 #11
    Nonsense. I don't know what's in the brains of these people. Neither I understand how people like them have power to make these decisions/plans.
     
  13. Mar 16, 2010 #12

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    I'd like to actually see the textbook. I'm curious how accurate the descriptions of it are -- they make it sound quite bad.
     
  14. Mar 16, 2010 #13

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    This idea of Texas seceding from the Union is sounding better all the time. :biggrin:
     
  15. Mar 16, 2010 #14

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    When I first moved to Oregon, I found that the local high school was teaching that it is "economic pollution" to leave the remaining 5% of Oregon's old-growth forests standing.

    The book used was written by a local teacher who received a personal visit from me. :biggrin:
     
  16. Mar 16, 2010 #15

    "is a way of "adding balance" in the classroom, since "academia is skewed too far to the left."


    A funny idea. If you cant get enough political support, enforce it into the minds of children.
    The Conservative Religious Right never ceases to amuse me. I wonder when they'll move to drop Darwin and evolution from scholar programs.
     
  17. Mar 16, 2010 #16

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    In 2001, California had 6.2 million students, Texas 4.2 million, New York 2.9 million, Florida 2.5 million, and Illinois 2.1 million - out of 48 million students nationwide. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d03/tables/pdf/table37.pdf

    How come Texas is so much more important than California when it comes to textbooks?
     
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  18. Mar 16, 2010 #17
    California is too busy trying not to fall into the ocean to care about textbooks.

    I believe Texas has more clout than California when it comes to decision making.

    In Texas there are most likely more people who are reading the textbook than compared to California.
     
  19. Mar 16, 2010 #18

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    Would it be a bad sign if they obtained their new textbooks from http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/about [Broken]?

    Interesting name for a textbook publisher. Maybe I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, though.
     
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  20. Mar 16, 2010 #19
    Liberals never fare well when shots ring out from the Texas School Book Depository.
     
  21. Mar 16, 2010 #20
    The difference is that Texas (but not California) approves and buys books for all the school districts in the state. Publishers often edit and revise textbooks in order to meet specific demands of the members of the Texas board.

    NCSE: Consequences of the flawed standards in Texas? (concerning creationism, but I think it is equally valid for this topic)
     
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