"...An independent review of Texas social studies textbooks reveals distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action, according to education watchdog Texas Freedom Network...."
"...Instead of taking the time to review hundreds of pages of textbook revisions and public comments flooding the Texas Education Agency, a majority of the State Board of Education voted to approve contentious social studies textbooks Friday...."
"...In this week's News Roundup: A man is shot by APD after an allegedly reaching for a gun; a grand jury declines to indict the Round Rock officers responsible for fatally injuring a man in 2014; an educator highlights how 2010 textbooks white-out history following this month's growing controversy over the Confederate flag; and more...."
"...On Tuesday, Sept. 13, academics, lawmakers, and activists are gearing up to fight against proposed Mexican-American textbooks deemed racially offensive and overflowing with historical errors...."
"...After outcry from science and education advocacy groups, two of the state’s largest textbooks publishers have rid their books of climate change denialism...."
"...In what turned out to be something of an anticlimax, the State Board of Education voted last week to approve adoption of all 11 of the high school biology textbooks recommended by Texas Education Agency staff, following professional and public review. After months of high-profile debates over the treatment of evolution in the various texts, both supporters and opponents had been expecting at least some debating fireworks..."
"...• Revising the Revisionists: While several errors remain in Texas’ troubled history textbooks, publishers have taken steps to rid the books of (at least) some of their glaring factual inaccuracies, according to education watchdog Texas Freedom Network. In September, a TFN-selected group of academic scholars discovered numerous politically motivated distortions on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action in books reviewed by appointees selected by the largely right-wing State Board of Education..."
"...While some Republican board members expressed dissatisfaction with the Mexican American Heritage book, e-mails obtained through a Public Information Act request by progressive education watchdog Texas Freedom Network highlight one right-wing conservative member’s desire to strip Latinos of seeing the textbooks voted against...."
"...As enrollment for the spring semester at Austin Community College gets underway, the school is encouraging students to consider signing up for "Z-classes," which help make college more affordable by eliminating the need for costly textbooks. The courses cover a variety of subjects across a range of degree pathways, but they all have one thing in common: None require the purchase of a textbook..."
"...To the editor, Re: "Texas Remains Sexless" [News, Nov. 12]. The new textbooks passed by the State Board of Education are going to have serious repercussions in teen pregnancies and STDs..."
"...As goes Texas, so goes the nation – at least that’s true in the matter of selecting which textbooks are to appear in public-school classrooms across the land. Because of its size and population, the choices made by officials in Texas (and California) strongly influence the nature of what is produced by textbook publishers and, consequently, what is available for purchase in the 48 other states..."
"...Textbooks publishers are guilty of including inaccurate and misleading information about climate change in new social studies books, charged science advocates and university scholars during a press call Wednesday afternoon...."
"...Some textbooks are too politicized for even the State Board of Education to accept. In a unanimous vote this morning, Republican and Democratic SBOE members preliminarily shot down a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, after months of debate and rallies against the text...."
"...A handful of testifiers represented the coalition of academics (organized by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund) that independently analyzed the textbooks in September and discovered several ideologically driven factual inaccuracies, including gross exaggerations of Moses’ influence on America’s founding. (Mentioning Moses, the text reads: The “biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between the people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and contributed to our constitutional structure.”)..."
"...Representatives heard that the textbook trade in Texas, worth $1 billion per annum, is dominated by a handful of large firms. Witnesses said they regularly update books when they do not need to or bundle in needless, price-boosting material like unrelated textbooks, workbooks, and software..."
"...The fact that the teen in question -- the lovely Alexandra Dahlstrom's shy misfit Agnes -- is a lesbian is almost beside the point. When she falls for the cliquish blond bombshell Elin (Liljeberg) and begins scribbling her unrequited's name all over her junior-high textbooks, it's too close to home to remain unaffected; the film draws you in by virtue of the familiar..."
"...Carl Weiss on September 8, 1935. At least that’s what the textbooks say..."
"...If we are what we teach, who shall decide what is taught? Texas' recent hearings on the statewide adoption of social studies textbooks, which began July 17 and ended Sept. 11, featured ordinary citizens and elected officials grappling with that question -- and, in a larger sense, defining our legacy as a state and a nation...."
"...The State Board of Education's first public hearing on social studies textbooks, held July 17, drew more than 60 citizens eager to voice their concerns about errors, biases, and omissions in the 150 books up for approval. The hearing confirmed that, underneath the thin cloak of bureaucratic civility, an ideological battle is raging over whose story the textbooks should tell...."
"...The handful of conservatives who control the selection of the state's high school health textbooks is putting sexually active teens at risk, a coalition of advocacy groups says. The Protect Our Kids Campaign includes the Texas Freedom Network, which has taken the progressive side's lead in the recurring state textbook wars, and Planned Parenthood as well as groups such as the Texas Association of Ob/Gyns, the Gray Panthers, the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, and the League of Women Voters...."