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  • Saudi textbook recalled due to photo of Yoda next to King Faisal

    09/22/2017 1:02:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 22, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A social studies textbook in Saudi Arabia was recalled for including a photo depicting a Star Wars character next to a king. The black and white photo, by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, features the small, green Jedi Yoda seated next to King Faisal as he signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945. Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized for the mistake and said measures were being taken to correct the error. "The Education Ministry regrets unintentional error that appeared in the picture of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations Commission on social studies...
  • Textbook Gets Bill of Rights Right

    05/05/2017 9:32:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 5, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you wade through a sea of textbooks and lectures that mangle American history, finding one that doesn't makes an impression. Into this category falls The Bill of Rights in Translation: What It Really Means by Amie Jane Leavitt. To see how accurate it is, just look at how this entry in the Kids' Translations series from Capstone Press handles what is arguably currently the most controversial amendment to the U. S. Constitution, particularly in an era of gun-free zones. "To protect the country, citizens sometimes must serve as soldiers," Leavitt explains. "Citizens also have a right to protect themselves."...
  • Christians and Hindus portrayed negatively by offensive school textbooks in Pakistan

    04/18/2016 12:19:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | April 15, 2016 | Christian Deguit
    Textbooks in Pakistan that are used to teach about 41 million children, negatively portray religious minorities such as Christians and Hindus, referring to them as "nefarious, violent, and tyrannical by nature." (Reuters/Kham)Third-grade level students attend class at the Mashal Model School on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. "Pakistan's public school textbooks contain deeply troubling content that portrays non-Muslim citizens as outsiders, unpatriotic, and inferior; are filled with errors; and present widely-disputed historical 'facts' as settled history," said Robert George in a press release. George is the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). A study done by...
  • Obamacare architect’s textbook is the most expensive one at UC-Berkeley

    02/11/2016 6:40:30 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 02/09/2016 | GREG PIPER
    We’ve noted before that a textbook written by Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who played a central role in the development of Obamacare and credited its passage to the “stupidity” of Americans, is mandatory reading for students in public-finance courses around the country.
  • How Did a Texas Textbook End Up Describing Slaves as “Workers From Africa”? (slate alert)

    12/17/2015 4:05:46 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | 2015/10/06 | Laura Moser
    Another shot was fired in the never-ending battle over Texas textbooks last week, when Roni Dean-Burren of Pearland, Texas, posted a screenshot of her 15-year-old son’s new world geography textbook. The picture was of a map with a caption that exemplifies—perhaps unintentionally, in this case—the controversial changes Texas has made to its social-studies textbooks in recent years: “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.” The next day, Dean-Burren—a former Pearland English teacher and now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston—followed...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagans dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan sexist and says conservatives take a basically pessimistic view of human nature one in which people are conceived of as being corrupt. Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • College textbook paints Ronald Reagan as sexist, conservatives as pessimists

    02/17/2014 2:37:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/17/2014
    The authors of a textbook used at University of South Carolina earned an 'F' in Ronald Reagan 101, according to several conservative Gamecock students. Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives portrays the 40th president as a sexist who was insensitive to minorities and whose main accomplishments were cutting taxes, jacking up defense spending and "slashing" social programs. The book states that conservatives like Reagan "take a pessimistic view of human nature. I was absolutely shocked and was tempted to throw the book away, Anna Chapman, 19, a sophomore majoring in political science, told I would...
  • School Defends Textbook Calling Muhammad Gods Messenger

    07/31/2013 7:24:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/31/13 | Todd Starnes
    School officials in Florida are defending a textbook that declares Muhammad as the Messenger of God after critics accused an Islamic education group of launching a stealth jihad in American public school classrooms. The Prentice World History textbook being used in Brevard Public Schools includes a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism. According to a copy obtained by Fox News, The ninth grade textbook declares that Muhammad is the Messenger of God and instructs students that jihad is a duty that Muslims must follow. Jihad may be interpreted
  • New York approves war-oriented reading textbooks for third-grade classrooms

    03/18/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    nypost ^ | March 18, 2013 | YOAV GONEN
    Tales of war, bombs and abduction coming to a third-grade classroom near you. City and state education bureaucrats have given the green light to an English curriculum for elementary schools that includes picture books with startlingly realistic portrayals of war to be read by 8-year-olds. They include The Librarian of Basra, which contains drawings of fighter planes dropping bombs on a palm-tree-lined Middle Eastern town. In another illustration, the protagonist looks worried, peering out a window at soldiers manning machine guns on a rooftop.The terrified townsfolk wonder, Who among us will die? and Will our families survive? Similarly,...
  • QUESTION: Book Mentioned on David Barton's Heritage Series

    01/28/2013 9:35:35 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 4 replies
    I'm trying to find a school textbook about government mentioned on the American History Series show Jan 27, 2013 by Davide Barton. I believe he said it was the first textbook published for the State of Connecticut around the 1850s. He also said all of the thirteen states used it, and many states used it up until around the 1960s. I can't remember the title, but it was a tiny book with just four items: 1. The Declaration of Independence 2. The Constitution of the United States 3. George Washington's Farewell Address 4. [I can't remember] It ended with...
  • British textbook wipes Israel off the map

    01/09/2013 3:27:39 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    PressTV ^ | 1/12013 | PressTV
    The textbook was issued by Garnet Education, an independent English-Language Teaching (ELT) instructor in Britain. The textbook contains a map with Occupied Palestine in place of Israel, according to media reports.
  • Textbook of the Future: The challenges

    01/30/2012 8:47:37 AM PST · by RicocheT · 13 replies
    ZD Net News & Blogs ^ | January 28, 2012 | Jason Perlow
    Summary: Its actually cheaper to go to another planet than to give an iPad to every child. This month, Apple dropped a bombshell on the academic community by introducing iBooks Textbooks and iBooks Author. In combination, the two create a compelling framework for re-engineering the textbook in electronic form for K-12 students, permitting for rich color educational content and possibly an entirely new textbook ecosystem that could be made accessible to tens of millions of schoolchildren. The problems with Apples daring textbook plan are twofold. First, in that the iPad as a hardware platform is completely unsuitable to the needs...
  • New law school textbook on the Second Amendment and firearms regulation

    09/20/2011 4:41:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 18 September, 2011 | David Kopel
    Very early next yearin time for 2d semester classes in the 2011-12 academic yearAspen Publishers will publish the first law school textbook on the the Second Amendment. The title is Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy. The co-authors are Nicholas Johnson (Fordham), Michael OShea (Oklahoma City), George Mocsary (Connecticut), and me. Below the fold is the full Table of Contents and Preface for the book. (Pasting the Word document into the blog format significantly altered many of the indents, line spacing, and outline numbering for chapter subdivisions, so the TOC below does not look exactly like...
  • School Textbook Promotes Propaganda Intended to Rally Up the 18-25 Year-Old Vote for Obama in 2012.

    08/25/2011 11:47:47 AM PDT · by tablechomper · 18 replies
    I just started as a student in a college course called American Government. The textbook is extremely slanted and this version was obviously updated after the mid-term elections in order to rouse up the young vote for Obama in 2012. The target audience of this textbook is 18-25 years-olds (the main age bracket of college students who would be taking an introductory/transfer political course), and for many of them this may be their first exposure to current events in politics. The following excerpt is one example of how the textbook portrays the unappreciative, angry tea party and the extremely productive...
  • Obamas Middle Name Ignites Textbook Battle (Texas)

    05/21/2010 7:12:35 AM PDT · by BP2 · 148 replies · 4,210+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2010 @ 7:13 AM | William La Jeunesse
    Who's more important: Christopher Columbus or John Smith? Clara Barton or Ruby Bridges? Ruby Bridges or Dolores Huerta? Is the story of Nathan Hale too gruesome for first graders? Will history books refer to the 44th American president as Barack Obama, Barack H. Obama or Barack Hussein Obama? The curriculum covers grades kindergarten through high school, and yet after 12 hours of debate the board had only just begun talking about its biggest challenge high school standards at 9 p.m. Thursday. All day long the board dropped, added and swapped the names of historical figures and events into...
  • Texas Yanks Thomas Jefferson From Teaching Standard (Well, this is news to me.)

    03/22/2010 9:13:53 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 57 replies · 1,804+ views
    AOL News ^ | 03/13/2010 | David Knowles
    (March 12) -- Widely regarded as one of the most important of all the founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson received a demotion of sorts Friday thanks to the Texas Board of Education. The board voted to enact new teaching standards for history and social studies that will alter which material gets included in school textbooks. It decided to drop Jefferson from a world history section devoted to great political thinkers. According to Texas Freedom Network, a group that opposes many of the changes put in place by the Board of Education, the original curriculum asked students to...
  • Vanity Fair Fears Texas Witch Trials Will Erase the Civil Rights Movement from History Books

    In a textbook case of liberal-hysteria, Henry Rollins and Vanity Fair fear the Texas Board of Education will wipe Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Charles Darwin, the Civil Rights movement, and even the outcome of the Civil War from the pages of history in the "Great Texan Rewrite." At question is a recent victory by conservatives on the Texas Board of Education to adopt more traditional curricula to be used in writing history textbooks. Due to its size, books adopted by Texas tend to be used extensively throughout the nation. To Rollins, any attempt to restore balance to the teaching...
  • Textbook Hope & Change

    12/04/2009 7:19:53 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 4, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Textbook Hope & Change Malcolm A. Kline, December 4, 2009 A new political science textbook, American Democracy Now, actually makes a stab at balance and, to a surprising degree, can claim some success. The attempt to level the academic playing field is particularly noteworthy since the publisher is McGraw-Hill, which has been scored for inaccuracies in its textbooks by reviewers in Texas and Californiathe two largest markets for texts. Moreover, the publisher promoted it as the first textbook written by an all-woman team, a politically correct distinction that suggests a similar treatment of civics. Even the title is reminiscent of...
  • Textbook Prices Have Risen Faster Than Medical Care Costs, This Could Be the Year of e-Textbooks?

    09/08/2009 7:42:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 18 replies · 1,264+ views
    Carpe Diem ^ | 09 Sep 2009 | Dr. Mark J. Perry
    College students frequently complain about the high cost of textbooks, and they have a point. As the top chart above shows, the cost of college textbooks (BLS category "educational books and supplies") has risen much higher than the overall CPI since 1978, almost 7% annually on average for textbooks versus less than 4% for all goods and services. Although not quite as high as the average annual inflation rate for college tuition (almost 8%), textbook prices have increased faster than even the cost of medical care (6%). The bottom chart above shows annual inflation rates for tuition and textbooks...
  • 'FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?'

    09/06/2009 6:23:17 AM PDT · by Freedom Dignity n Honor · 168 replies · 5,480+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Fox News
    Host Tucker Carlson, asked experts, teachers, publishers and parents the same question: "Do you know what is inside your children's textbooks?" From kindergarten through college, we found staggering errors and omissions which may be pushing agendas, hidden and otherwise. We spoke to the author of "The Language Police," education historian Diane Ravitch, who said textbook publishers censor images or words they deem to be controversial in children’s textbooks. She told us that publishers pander to special interest groups, and assemble bias and sensitivity review committees. These committees decide what words to ban or redefine, and even what images are deemed...