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  • 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...
  • UK foundation to distribute textbook that lauds Muslim world's scientific and cultural heritage

    09/02/2009 6:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 860+ views
    An educational foundation in the UK has announced plans to distribute to high schools a free book that highlights the scientific and cultural legacies of Muslim civilization. 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World is the creation of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilization (FSTC), a Manchester-based organization set up to raise awareness of the contributions of the Muslim world to modern civilization. FSTC said the contribution that Muslim and other civilizations have made to the modern world has been widely overlooked and that its team of academics has focused on debunking the myth of the so-called "Dark Ages...
  • Navys Rescue Mission Textbook, But Piracy Still Looms, Gates Says

    04/13/2009 4:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 514+ views
    QUANTICO, Va., April 13, 2009 The U.S. militarys rescue of a kidnapped American ship captain yesterday was textbook, but the issue of piracy is likely to worsen in the absence of a systemic solution, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Off the Somali coast yesterday, U.S. special operations snipers on the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three pirates who had held hostage the captain of the Maersk-Alabama cargo ship on a lifeboat for five days. Military officials said Capt. Richard Phillips life was in imminent danger at the time of his rescue. It was textbook, Gates said of...
  • Textbook Terrorism

    07/24/2008 5:20:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 162+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 24, 2008
    Islamofascism: A new study confirms our "ally" Saudi Arabia is still poisoning young Muslim minds with anti-Western textbooks. So? Its hate-filled graduates are enrolling at our colleges.The Hudson Institute reviewed the 2007-08 textbooks distributed by the Saudi Ministry of Education and found that, despite promised reforms, the kingdom still teaches students to "hate the infidels." The texts assert that it's "permissible" for a Muslim to kill an "apostate," an "adulterer," a "homosexual," as well as non-Muslims practicing "polytheism," or Christianity. The violent ideology is introduced in a religion textbook in the first grade and reinforced and developed in following years...
  • Despite Saudi Promises, Textbooks Filled With Hate

    07/19/2008 3:54:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 189+ views ^ | July 18, 2008 | Eli Lake
    WASHINGTON Two years after protracted American-Saudi negotiations persuaded the State Department that the Saudis would remove religious intolerance from their national textbooks, a new study finds the books still portray non-Sunni Muslims as the enemies of true believers. The report from the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute finds that the Saudi textbooks are filled with the austere supremacism of the Wahhabi sect of Islam, despite promises from the Kingdom in 2006 to alter them. For example, a textbook for 10th graders on Islamic jurisprudence not only says it is permissible in Islam to murder a homosexual,...
  • Custom texts vex students

    07/19/2008 10:58:20 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 43 replies · 140+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 19, 2008 | Editorial
    After two decades of unconscionable increases in tuition and fees, colleges and universities increasingly are employing a new scam to swindle students and their parents out of whatever pennies they have left: the custom textbook. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, publishers make a few minor tweaks to a standard textbook, jack up the price and sell the special edition to the captive thousands who are required to buy it for required courses. For example, the University of Alabama requires all 4,000 of its freshmen to pay $59.35 for a spiral-bound special edition of "A Writer's Reference." The university's...
  • High School Student Raises Questions About Textbook Bias

    04/09/2008 9:37:25 AM PDT · by 14erClimb · 66 replies · 108+ views ^ | April 8, 2008 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON Talk about a civics lesson: A high-school senior has raised questions about political bias in a popular textbook on U.S. government, and legal scholars and top scientists say the teen's criticism is well-founded. They say "American Government" by conservatives James Wilson and John Dilulio presents a skewed view of topics from global warming to separation of church and state. The publisher now says it will review the book, as will the College Board, which oversees college-level Advanced Placement courses used in high schools.
  • British government to probe Islamic school over textbook: report

    02/09/2007 7:30:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 384+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/9/07 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - The British government is to investigate a school funded by Saudi Arabia's government involved in a row over textbooks allegedly describing Jews as "monkeys" and Christians as "pigs", the Times has reported. The King Fahad Academy in west London has already said it will remove the disputed chapters from the books in question, which it said were used as "secondary sources". It claims the controversy arose from a misinterpretation of the Koran-based material and stresses it does not teach hatred. But schools minister Jim Knight has said he wants reassurance that the school is complying with requirements...
  • N. Korea: A Peek into Elementary School Textbook for First Grade(lots of photos)

    08/26/2006 10:28:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies · 3,824+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 08/25/06 | Yang Jung-a
    /begin my translation What is insideN. Korean Textbook for First Grade in Elementary School [2006-08-25] The textbook for first grade Korean in N. Korean elementary school, published by N. Korean Educational Books Publishing in 2005(Juche 94) Kids studying so-called "Slogan Tree." (my note: N. Koreans are taught that Kim Il-sung carvedtrees all over the country in order to encourage people to riseup against Japanese oppression. It is a sheer fabrication cooked up for their propaganda.) The text says, "Elder sister tells usone at a time. She tells us, while pointing at a Slogan Tree." Theslogan on thetree says, "Long...
  • CA: State education board stripped of funding over textbook decision

    07/12/2006 7:13:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 538+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/12/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    SACRAMENTO Caught in a political dustup over English-learning students and their own philosophical divide, members of the state Board of Education decided Wednesday to put their trust in the state's top political leaders to restore funding after the body was stripped of its entire operating budget. The loss of the board's $1.6 million annual staff budget came as political retaliation for its split vote in April not to allow alternative textbooks for English-learner students. The board rejected pleas from bilingual education advocates to allow schools to use different textbooks for students learning English. That vote angered the Democratic Latino Caucus,...
  • 11th Circuit vacates decision against Cobb County science textbook stickers

    05/25/2006 2:59:09 PM PDT · by dukeman · 569 replies · 5,765+ views
    ADF filed friend-of-the-court brief in defense of textbook stickers which accurately stated that evolution is a theory ATLANTA The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit today vacated a lower court decision that declared Cobb County science textbook stickers which stated evolution is a theory, not a fact unconstitutional. The court was critical of the district court for issuing its ruling against the stickers despite holes in the evidentiary record in the case and remanded the case back to the district court for new proceedings. No school should be in trouble for simply stating the facts. Thats what...
  • Donkeys better than wives: textbook

    04/03/2006 11:31:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 4,121+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 april 2006
    A TEXTBOOK used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make better companions as they complain less and are more loyal to their "masters", The Times of India reported today. "A donkey is like a housewife ... In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master," the newspaper reported, quoting a Hindi-language primer meant for 14-year-olds. The book was approved by the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party...
  • Pakistan deletes 'pro-Bush' poem (from school textbook)

    12/05/2005 8:37:20 PM PST · by StarCMC · 50 replies · 4,204+ views
    Pakistan deletes 'pro-Bush' poem Mr Bush (left) is a key backer of President Musharraf Pakistan's government is to remove a poem from a school textbook after it emerged the first letters of each line spelt out "President George W Bush".The anonymous poem, called The Leader, appeared in a recent English-language course book for 16 year-olds.Critics say it praises Mr Bush. Its rhyming couplets describe someone "solid as steel, strong in his faith".Officials cannot explain how the poem entered the curriculum. Pupils are to ignore it ahead of a reprint next year.Not deliberate'The BBC's Zaffar Abbas in Islamabad says it...
  • [Vanity] Does this stuff belong in an 8th Grade Science Textbook? You tell me.

    12/01/2005 11:27:55 AM PST · by Spiff · 263 replies · 5,887+ views
    Spiff | 21/1/2005 | Spiff
    I know that this may be a long read, there's a lot of content here, but I think that many FReepers will find the information here interesting and disturbing. I will appreciate any help I can get with this situation. My wife and I have been homeschooling our children since they started schooling. We have 5th, 6th, and 8th graders. Recently, we made the tough decision to enroll them in a local Charter School. In Arizona, a Charter School is a privately run, smaller, more focused public school. It provides parents with school choice and some competition between the schools....
  • Publisher says Bible textbook respects both facts and faith (new volume aimed at public schools)

    09/28/2005 5:24:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 442+ views ^ | 9/23/05 | Richard N. Ostling
    Publisher says Bible textbook respects both facts and faith NEW VOLUME IS AIMED AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS By Richard N. Ostling Associated Press Posted on Fri, Sep. 23, 2005 An interfaith group released a new textbook Thursday aimed at teaching public high school students about the Bible while avoiding legal and religious disputes. The non-profit Bible Literacy Project of Fairfax, Va., spent five years and $2 million developing ``The Bible and Its Influence.'' The textbook, introduced at a Washington news conference, won initial endorsements from experts in literature, religion and church-state law. American Jewish Congress attorney Marc Stern, an adviser on...
  • Changes in the Iraqi Textbook and Curricula for September 2005

    08/27/2005 9:14:28 AM PDT · by gpapa · 1 replies · 316+ views
    Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | August 26, 2005 | Unattributed
    The London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat has published a report by Huda Jasim on changes made to Iraqi schoolbooks following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. The new schoolbooks will be introduced with the start of the 2005/6 school year in September. According to the report, the Iraqi education minister formed a committee of senior educators and specialists to reexamine the country's school curricula for the new Iraq. The committee proposed substantial changes to be made to the school textbooks, with the aim of completely eradicating the Saddam personality cult and placing considerably less emphasis on the Ba'th Party than...
  • China confiscates textbooks over 'wrong' colored Taiwan(China censors Japanese textbooks)

    06/28/2005 8:35:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 402+ views
    China confiscates textbooks over 'wrong' colored TaiwanChinese authorities in Dalian confiscated more than 120 educational books that a Japanese school imported from Japan, on the grounds that some books showed Taiwan as a separate country from mainland China, it was learned Tuesday. Officials at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said that it was the first time that one of the eight Japanese schools in China had had educational materials seized by Chinese authorities. Customs duties officials in Dalian seized 128 social studies books, which the Japanese school there imported for the 2005 school year that...
  • Louis Leithold, author of widely used calculus textbook, dies at 80

    05/08/2005 9:24:30 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies · 705+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 05/08/2005 | AP
    Sunday May 08, 2005 LOS ANGELES (AP) Louis Leithold, who wrote one of the most widely used calculus textbooks and helped change the way the subject is taught, has died. He was 80. Leithold was found dead April 29 at his Los Angeles home by the parent of a worried student. The coroner's office said he died of natural causes. Leithold wrote ``The Calculus,'' which became a standard text and was credited with changing the way the subject is studied. The book, first published in 1968, is widely used in high schools and universities and is in its seventh printing....
  • Japan Criticizes China History Textbooks(you are wrong, too)

    04/27/2005 12:25:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 485+ views
    Herald Tribune(SW Florida) ^ | 04/24/05 | JOSEPH COLEMAN
    Japan Criticizes China History Textbooks By JOSEPH COLEMANAssociated Press Writer Chinese residents in Japan hold banners denouncing the Chinese communist party during an anti-Chinese communist party rally at a Tokyo park Sunday, April. 24, 2005. Hundreds of Chinese protesters rallied in support of the Japanese government. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) Height (pixels): 512 Width (pixels): 363 TOKYO -- Japan opened a new front in its dispute with China on Sunday by sharply criticizing Beijing's history textbooks, signaling continued friction between the Asian powers despite high-profile diplomatic moves to quell tensions. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura refuted Chinese claims that Japanese...
  • Vanity: Something unusal found in Env. Sci. textbook

    04/17/2005 3:02:47 PM PDT · by Tanniker Smith · 34 replies · 2,129+ views
    Holt Environmental Science textbook | Tanniker Smith
    I'm teaching an Environmental Science course in a NYC high school. The textbook I'm using is about 10 years old, so it has some stuff about off-road vehicles, but not so much about gas-guzzling SUVs. I've come right out and told my students that some things that appear in the book look like they were written by whackos who care for the environment first and people second, and I've told them that I would let help them separate fact from hype. So I was stunned when I saw the following passage in the textbook. It was in a sidebar article...
  • China:Beijing blacks out anti-Japan protests(fear of genie called national outrage)

    04/13/2005 9:18:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 653+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 04/13/05 | Antoaneta Bezlova
    Beijing blacks out anti-Japan protests By Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING - As anti-Japanese protests continued for a third day in a row Tuesday, government censors imposed a news blackout on coverage of protests, signaling that Beijing was trying to contain further damage to already strained Sino-Japanese relations. None of the nation's thousands of newspapers, television stations and news websites carried any details of the protests that took the capital by storm on Saturday. On Sunday, hundreds of full-gear riot police blocked access to the diplomatic quarter in downtown Beijing, but avoided direct confrontation with protesters. In sharp contrast with the full...
  • In Rare Legal Protest, Chinese Seek Boycott of Japan Goods(regime-approved anti-Japanese protest)

    04/09/2005 3:15:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 3,652+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/09/05 | JOSEPH KAHN
    In Rare Legal Protest, Chinese Seek Boycott of Japan Goods By JOSEPH KAHN BEIJING, Saturday, April 9 - Several thousand young Chinese marched through Beijing's high-tech district on Saturday morning calling for a boycott of Japanese-made goods, a rare legal protest that underscored the sharp deterioration in relations between Asia's two most powerful countries. The mostly college-age Chinese, singing China's national anthem and shouting, "Support the Chinese motherland, boycott Japanese goods," appeared to number in the thousands, but there were no official estimates on Saturday morning. The police formed a cordon around the marchers and lined every street along the...
  • A Seat at the Table: Islam Makes Inroads in Education

    12/09/2004 11:33:27 AM PST · by missyme · 46 replies · 2,255+ views
    CBN News ^ | Dec 9th, 2004 | David Brody
    WASHINGTON -- If you look closely, what is inside your child's textbooks may shock you. They are full of evolution theories, and many liberal historians are rewriting American history as well. But there is even more. How Islam is portrayed in today's textbooks is a subject of concern also. The familiar images of Islam include praying at Mecca, and the prophet Muhammad, a man Muslims say is the messenger of God. But this is not the whole story. When all is said and done, the story of Islam is being told and taught to our nation's school kids in their...
  • Complaints bring lesson plan change

    11/30/2004 8:48:28 PM PST · by yonif · 10 replies · 607+ views
    STL Today ^ | November 30, 2004
    St. Louis Public Schools administrators pulled a lesson from a new reading curriculum after some parents complained that it was racist. -snip- The first-grade homework lesson involved the sound the letter "H" makes. It showed a monkey named "Hip." Hip tipped his hat and tap danced. He ended up in a cage eating a banana at the end of the lesson.
  • CA: Disputed textbook bill awaits governor

    09/07/2004 8:20:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 311+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/7/04 | Jessica Portner
    A bill that for the first time would require the state to negotiate for the best price on textbooks -- inspired by a Mercury News investigation -- now sits on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk awaiting his signature or veto. In an odd alliance, Senate Republicans have joined with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, a Democrat, to try to derail the measure. They say the bill would require hiring expensive, highly skilled negotiators to haggle prices with publishers. But educators and taxpayers groups, urging the governor to sign, say the expense would be negligible compared with the potential millions...
  • Critics say history book whitewashes Soviet era - Gulag system and repression aren't mentioned

    08/22/2004 1:54:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 927+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 21, 2004 | MARIA DANILOVA
    MOSCOW - If you can judge a book by its cover, then the History of Russia and the World in the 20th Century tells students the Soviet past was all pride and glory three of four cover photos invoke Soviet propaganda images. That goes for what's inside, too: The textbook for Russian high school seniors touts the Soviet system's achievements but treads lightly, if at all, on its failures and abuses. It is virtually mute on the deportation of ethnic groups under Josef Stalin that left hundreds of thousands dead and sowed the resentment that exploded in Chechnya...
  • Sanitized Tests - Return of the "Language Police"

    07/17/2004 7:56:18 PM PDT · by steplock · 8 replies · 601+ views
    Arkansas Publik Skulz ^ | 17 Jul 04 | Meryl Harris
    Sanitized Tests THE JOURNAL NEWS By FREDREKA SCHOUTEN AND MERYL HYMAN HARRIS In the world of standardized tests, Christmas never comes. No one celebrates Halloween or birthdays. Kids rarely encounter a french fry. And no one dies. Ever. The tests taken by millions of schoolchildren are scrubbed clean of topics that might reflect ethnic, cultural or regional biases. Yonkers students shouldn't be expected to have a vast knowledge of corn production, and Florida 10-year-olds shouldn't be expected to compose essays about blizzards. Subjects viewed as inappropriate or potentially upsetting to children, such as death, violence, drugs or sex, are out...
  • Your children may learn that Muslims discovered America

    04/16/2004 7:29:42 AM PDT · by veronica · 63 replies · 413+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-16-04 | Ed Lasky
    Your children may learn that Muslims discovered AmericaApril 16th, 2004 A Native American tribe has forced distributors of an Arab studies guide for American teachers to remove an inaccurate and absurd passage that Muslim explorers preceded Columbus to North America, and eventually became Algonquin chiefs named Abdul-Rahim and Abdallah Ibn Malik!The Middle East Policy Council, a Washington advocacy group that promotes this curriculum to school districts in 155 U.S. cities have apparently been somewhat unresponsive and dismissiveof complaints. Ridiculous as this example is, it is illustrative of a far more disturbing development: the placement of propaganda in our schools by...
  • Context and balance often found lacking [ More on the US Textbook Scandal ]

    03/28/2004 8:29:08 AM PST · by TaxRelief · 33 replies · 433+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March, 28, 2004 | By George Archibald
    <p>The latest editions of the most widely used social studies textbooks across the country are full of errors and politically correct bias, reviews show.</p> <p>Publisher McDougal Littell's high school "World History: Patterns of Interaction" blames explorer Christopher Columbus for "the beginnings of an era of widespread cruelty and bloodshed" in the Americas, but fails to mention Aztec, Mayan and Toltec Indian practices of forced labor and cutting out hearts of opponents while they were still alive.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger rewrites textbook in drive to victory

    10/12/2003 10:37:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 190+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/12/03 | Dan Walters
    <p>It was the most unusual campaign for high political office that California had ever seen, one that broke many -- perhaps all -- of the informal rules in the book.</p> <p>But Arnold Schwarzenegger was the most unusual candidate that California had ever seen, a self-made one-time bodybuilder who had parlayed his muscular physique, quick-study intelligence, boundless self-confidence -- and a knack for psyching out rivals -- into a big-time movie career.</p>
  • We removed the fourth verse of the song "America" from the recent music textbooks.

    08/25/2003 3:03:27 AM PDT · by StACase · 73 replies · 626+ views
    Phil Stinson - 08:56pm Aug 24, 2003 EDT 458Carpe CarpiumI'm a teacher and also a member of a national commitee of school textbook consultants. We removed the fourth verse of the song "America" from the recent music textbooks. The first verse was fine. "My country, 'tis of thee Sweet land of liberty of thee I sing..." The fourth verse says "Our Father's God, to Thee Author of liberty, to Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, with feedom's Holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Our God, our King." That verse was deemed unsuitable and requiring students to...
  • Why Drive To Baghdad Was A Textbook Campaign, Flaws And All

    04/11/2003 6:42:41 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-12-2003 | Kim Sengupta/Christopher Bellamy
    Why drive to Baghdad was a textbook campaign, flaws and all By Kim Sengupta in Baghdad and Christopher Bellamy 12 April 2003 Iraq 2003 is a campaign "military historians and academics will pore over for many years to come", according to Air Marshal Sir Brian Burridge, the top British commander in the Gulf. The rapid success of the military invasion can be traced to the combination of American technological superiority, speed and firepower and the disorganised defence mounted by the Iraqis. Plan 1003 Victor, the Pentagon war plan, had two key principles: "inside out" and "Baghdad first". It may not...
  • In Bid to Shape a Postwar Iraq, U.S. Goes by the Schoolbook

    04/06/2003 11:30:32 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 5 replies · 207+ views
    In Bid to Shape a Postwar Iraq, U.S. Goes by the Schoolbook By David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens Washington Post Staff writers Sunday, April 6, 2003; Page A32 When the new Iraqi school year begins in five months, the Bush administration hopes to have in place wholesale revisions to textbooks that have taught a generation of Iraqis to be ready to die for Saddam Hussein. The revisions are part of an ambitious U.S. effort to demilitarize a school curriculum that has touted Iraqi battlefield prowess and weaponry and demonized the United States as a fearsome enemy. Expatriates and scholars...