Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
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17-09-2014, 10:16 AM
Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
Texas buys so many textbooks for their schools, that the publishers use their choice in textbooks to sell to the rest of the US.

The problem is there is a very strong religious battle raging and trying to change the content, which will play out everywhere.

If you are on Facebook you can follow the Texas Freedom a Network for updates.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/histo...e-25544933


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17-09-2014, 10:58 AM
RE: Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
No textbook should be vetted by anyone but certified experts in the field of study.

Letting the public in on the vetting only creates a flood of opinions all given the same weight; no textbook can emerge out of that deluge without its pages washed clean of anything meaningful. How did the public force its way into this vetting in the first place?

I suppose in the true spirit of democracy we should open hospital operating rooms to the public, so any passers by can stop in during a surgery and demand the physicians do things a certain way. Make the operating rooms large enough to accommodate these extra visitors, and equip all visitors with microphones with direct feed into headsets worn by the surgical team. And at no added cost to the patient.

We're a little weak in our understanding of how to apply democracy because all our textbooks are products of it.
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17-09-2014, 11:11 AM
RE: Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
Board of education is an elected office, school boards are elected, they decide on the books. When you buy enough books you can pick and choose which publisher you want to make or break with your order/contract.


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17-09-2014, 11:15 AM
RE: Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
A link on the topics they are battling, evolution, climate change, etc

http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagen...sboe_index


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17-09-2014, 11:44 AM
RE: Texas textbooks - the battle rages on. Sets the stage for curriculum in schools
The problem is that there is a Texas School Board at all.

In most states, school boards are local. In Massachusetts, it's every town for itself, each has its own locally-elected school board.
The school board chooses the superintendent of schools and usually the principals.

Massachusetts General Law, Section 48.
The principal at each school, subject to the direction of the superintendent, shall, at the expense of the school district, purchase textbooks and other school supplies, and consistent with the district policy, shall loan them to the pupils attending such school free of charge. If instruction is given in the manual and domestic arts, the principal may so purchase and loan the necessary tools, implements and materials. The principal shall also, at like expense, procure such apparatus, reference books and other means of illustration, as may be needed. Said purchases shall be made in accordance with chapter thirty B and within the purchasing guidelines adopted by the municipality where such purchases are made if such guidelines exist.

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