What’s in the textbooks?
I watched an amazing program tonight on Fox News. FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?
FOX News Reporting investigated the $10 billion dollar-a-year textbook industry and how the drive to be politically correct might be taking over American schools.
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.
Now I’m curious about the textbooks used in our school. This is another one of those things that I knew or suspected but hadn’t really thought about. I’ve read books in the school library with very slanted messages and I do try to review books that my children bring home but I hadn’t thought about the books which they are required to read.
Did you know that there are very small special interest groups which influence textbook publishers? One is the “Council on Islamic Education” which, according to its founder Shabbir Mansuri, is now relabelled “The Institute on Religion and Civic Values.” During a presentation shown on the Fox News special, Mansuri brags about the influence the group has had on textbooks. The IRCV sounds very multicultural on the home page and you won’t find their true mission until you click through a few links.
Most bizarre thing in a textbook? An elementary history book which claimed that Americans celebrate two Thanksgivings — one in April and one in October. The one in April is actually a Mexican holiday which celebrates something about Cortez and a water shortage. In the name of guilticulturalism, the books were designed for Texas and all of the Mexican immigrants but they were being used in the northeast. Too bad the publishers forgot that they were producing a book about America, not Mexico.
I think that it might be time for a trip to the classrooms to see what textbooks are being used. Luckily, my kids ask tons of questions and like to talk about what they are doing at school. Do you think they’ll get to learn about Kwanzaa this year?