textbooks

Plano School District Decides Not To Ban Art Textbook

By |2019-03-13T15:39:52-04:00November 19th, 2010|Blog|

Last week, the Plano Independent School District in Texas decided to pull a humanities textbook that is used by freshmen and sophomores in the district's gifted and talented program. The book in question, Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities: Alternative Volume, is a survey of various pieces of artwork throughout history.  Apparently, a couple was concerned that their [...]

A Textbook Case of Censorship

By |2019-03-20T18:08:37-04:00March 19th, 2010|Blog|

Last Friday the Texas Board of Education voted along party lines to approve a new school curriculum that will, in effect, rewrite history. The new social studies curriculum will address what one board member referred to as a “skewed” history with a “liberal bias.” Although the proposed changes may individually seem relatively minor, they are not innocuous. For example, the [...]

The fight over Texas science policy continues…

By |2019-03-20T18:08:35-04:00April 13th, 2009|Blog|

On Friday, March 26, the Texas Board of Education struck down a bill that required evolution be taught with consideration of the "strengths and weaknesses" of the theory. The new bill, however, is not a striking victory for advocates of depolicized, science-based education. According to the NCSE: ...the revised biology standard (7B) reflects two discredited creationist ideas — that "sudden [...]

Why Texas matters: Evolution education in “one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks”

By |2019-03-13T15:17:57-04:00January 22nd, 2009|Blog|

The New York Times reported yesterday on the fight in Texas over science standards. The standards for 20 years have required that science be taught in a way that show the “strengths and weaknesses” of Darwin’s theory of evolution.  The third draft, passed in December 2008 didn’t include this phrase, but this year 7 of the 15 members of the [...]