The Great Textbook Wars

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM Bookmark and Share
Texas (among other states) has made news in recent years whenever fundamentalist Christians wage campaigns to replace the content of  public school text books wherever they conflict with their particular brand of religious dogma.  Because states like Texas are large consumers of school books, those changes end up affecting other states and thus affecting the rest of the nation.

In light of that old aphorism "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," you should check out The Great Texbook Wars -- an American RadioWorks documentary on the history of cultural and religious battles over what should and should not be taught in public schools.

While returning from a conference last week, I heard a local NPR station advertise The Great Texbook Wars for this coming Friday, June 9th.  You can check your local NPR listings to see if and when it's airing in your neck of the woods.

In the mean time, click on over to the website and check out the three short essays and many great photos available there.  It looks like a great program, one not to be missed!

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