Monday, January 21, 2008

Math textbook issues may have repercussions for science

According to this story in The Dallas Morning News, ideologically motivated splits in the Texas panel that approves textbooks for funding for use in the state's school are generating debate on what reason is good enough for rejection of a text.

Conservative members of the 15-member board of education for the state are seeking unconditional power to deny a book for any reason, according to critics mentioned in the article.

Some of the critics include the Texas Freedom Network, a group that says they try to limit the influence of the religious right in the state.

The issue of rejection criteria is particularly contentious because English and science texts are up for review next year.

Texas is one of the largest buyers of grade-school textbooks in the nation

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