|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
Publishers alter texts to try to make grade (Houston Chronicle, 2002/10/29)
|Bowing to political pressure, publishers of social studies textbooks have changed passages dealing with events ranging from the Alamo to last year's terrorist attacks. |
The publishers are hoping the changes will help their 200 textbooks gain approval next month from the State Board of Education. That approval is key to getting a piece of the $345 million market.
For example, a reference in a sixth-grade social studies book to glaciers forming the Great Lakes "millions of years ago" was changed to "in the distant past."
Robert Raborn, a member of the conservative Citizens for a Sound Economy, had complained that "millions of years ago" supported the theory of evolution and excluded theories such as intelligent design.
How can ID be excluded by a reference to millions of years, when ID advocates won't take a stand on how old the earth is?
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker