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Wesley R. Elsberry

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 29 2002,23:53   

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

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