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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Latoya Peterson tagged textbooks

"The bill, AB 199, was re-introduced by Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) earlier this year and if passed into law, would recognize the contributions of Filipino soldiers and civilians in World War II. The bill passed the Assembly in March with an overwhelming 72-0 vote.
“'[This bill] encourages social science instruction for grades 7-12 to include instruction on World War II and the role of Filipinos in that war, consisting of an accurate history of the contributions of the Filipino American veterans who fought courageously in the United States Army,' said Ma, the bill’s author."

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"'I absolutely could not believe the number of mistakes -- wrong dates and wrong facts everywhere. How in the world did these books get approved?' said Ronald Heinemann, a former history professor at Hampden-Sydney College who reviewed 'Our Virginia: Past and Present.' The other book mentioned in the report was 'Our America: To 1865.'

Heinemann added that the book 'should be withdrawn from the classroom immediately, or at least by the end of the year.'"

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'It's more than just an arcane, off-the-wall problem,' said David Blight, a professor at Yale University. 'This isn't just about the legitimacy of the Confederacy, it's about the legitimacy of the emancipation itself.' Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson of Princeton University said, 'These Confederate heritage groups have been making this claim for years as a way of purging their cause of its association with slavery.'"

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"Some conservative members of the Texas Board of Education assert that the history books used in this state have a pro-Islamic bias, and they are upset about it.

"Never shy about wading into the culture wars, they are planning to vote Friday for a resolution that would send a blunt message to textbook publishers: Do not present a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian version of history if you want to sell books in one of the nation’s largest markets."

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teaching of the civil rights movement, religious freedoms, America's relationship with the U.N. and hundreds of other items. The new standards were adopted after a final showdown by two 9-5 votes along party lines, after Democrats' and moderate Republicans' efforts to delay a final vote failed. The ideological debate over the guidelines, which drew intense scrutiny beyond Texas, will be used to determine what important political events and figures some 4.8 million students will learn about for the next decade.

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"The revised standards have far-reaching implications because Texas is a huge market leader in the school-textbook industry. The enormous print run for Texas textbooks leaves most districts in other states adopting the same course materials, so that the Texas School Board effectively spells out requirements for 80 percent of the nation’s textbook market. That means, for insta"nce, that schools in left-leaning states like Oregon and Vermont could soon be teaching from textbooks that are short on references to Ted Kennedy but long on references to conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

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