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Dec 13, 2014

Gates Education Funded ‘National Journal’ Bashes Texas Textbooks

The National Journal article The Next Plan to Get Climate Denial Into Textbooks reads like a Texas-bashing manifesto from progressive education interests. Their target was a Lone Star watchdog group Truth in Texas Textbooks, a coalition of volunteer researchers, scholars, a curriculum accuracy expert and citizens-at-large who took on the politically correct Fed Led education agenda during the 2014 Texas Social Studies textbook adoption process.

Breitbart Texas reported on how the independent voluntary review team found factual errors, historical omissions and progressive bias in the same Social Studies materials that Texas Freedom Network paid liberal professors to uncover conservative bias, which included the amusing allegation that Texas public education was teaching that Moses, the Hebrew lawgiver, was an American Founding Father.

Read entire article here.

Dec 8, 2014

Average Citizens Can Make a Difference in Textbooks

On Friday, November 21, 2014 something monumental happened in Austin, Texas, at the State Board of Education meeting.  The Truth in Texas Textbooks (TTT) Coalition changed the perception that says, “Average citizens cannot make a difference in the content of students’ textbooks.” 

TTT is a grassroots organization composed of average concerned citizens formed in October 2013 with a simple mission: to insure the proposed social studies textbooks are as error free as possible.

What did these 100 unpaid volunteers do?   They corrected inaccurate or misleading textbooks for 5 million Texas children and found over 1,500 errors in 32 textbooks.

The following are just a small sample of the errors TTT found:

Read entire article here.

Dec 4, 2014

The Next Plan to Get Climate Denial Into Textbooks

(TTT note: multiple errors from reporter Clare Foran.  Email traffic available upon request showing the errors)

“As the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases increase, the Earth warms. Scientists warn that climate change, caused by this warming, will pose challenges to society.”

That language—featured in a fifth-grade Texas social studies textbook from Pearson Education—is exactly the kind of global warming alarmism that Emily McBurney wants to protect schoolchildren from.

McBurney was a lot happier with an earlier version of the textbook that said: “Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change.” But the publisher cut the material amid pressure from groups like the National Center for Science Education.

The edited educational material, McBurney says, amounts to “a one-sided global-warming climate-change agenda.”

Read the entire article here.

Nov 25, 2014

Moses and the American Constitution

(TTT Note: Multiple errors. Reporter never asked for an interview or comments. )

Roy White, chairman of the right-wing group Truth in Texas Textbooks, testified that the draft textbooks contained selective disinformation that was “pro-Islamic and anti-Christian.” White was furious about a passage in a Cengage textbook that read: “Muslims spread their religion by conquest, through trade, and through missionary work.” White claimed that Muslims who followed Muhammad’s example would only “attack or kill” non-Muslims. He said that violence as the overwhelming method of conversion had continued on from Muhammad’s time to today, when terrorist groups “under the Islamic umbrella of some multisyllable name” are messengers for Islam.

Read entire article here.

 

A New Conservative Watchdog’s Big Textbook War Debut – Texas Observer

When they write the history books about the State Board of Education, last week’s drama over our new social studies textbooks probably won’t go down as a high point.

After punting on a preliminary vote Tuesday, the board approved the textbooks on Friday despite receiving hundreds of pages of revisions at the last minute, which many members hadn’t read. Those revisions came partly in response to 1,500 worried letters from the public that were still arriving just last week. Though the 10-5 vote split on party lines, members agreed that this year’s textbook approvals had been a mess.

But the process was a big win for at least one man, Roy White, and his fellow volunteer textbook watchdogs.

Read the entire article here.

 Tradition wins in war over TX textbooks – News Now

Critics who were trying to remove America’s religious heritage from public school textbooks met their match when they went up against the Texas Board of Education.

Opponents were trying to do away with Moses and the impact that the Ten Commandments and Judeo-Christian principles have had on American law, says Jonathan Saenz.

Saenz, who leads pro-family group Texas Values, says those efforts were rejected by textbook publishers and the state Board of Education.

Saenz, Jonathan (Texas Values)“We’re pleased that Texas students will now get to learn about our American religious heritage,” he tells OneNewsNow, crediting the leadership of publishers and a majority of the board of education.

Read entire article here.

Nov 23, 2014

Texas Board Ok’s Textbooks Promoting Faith Heritage – Christian Broadcast News

After a bitter idealogical fight, the Texas Board of Education has approved new history textbooks that students will use beginning next fall.

In a partisan move, all 10 Republicans on the board voted to sanction 89 books and classroom software packages and all five Democrats on the board opposed the move.

Chairwoman Barbara Cargill told CBN News she is pleased with the final vote.

“The publishers stood strong against those who wanted excellent content about our country’s rich religious heritage not only revised but eliminated,” she said.

Read entire article here.

Why Are These Textbooks Causing Such A Controversy? – MTV

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations weighs in on the dispute.

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to make the textbooks you use in school come together? Well, aside from being meticulously written and researched, textbooks also go through several stages of approval and fact-checking by organizations like the state’s Board of Education.

And this year in Texas, the approval process for new curriculum was slowed down by some disagreement about what should be included in the history and social studies textbooks.

According to The New York Times, those on the liberal side thought that the textbooks included too much emphasis on the impact that the Bible had on the Founding Fathers when they were writing the constitution. They argued that the texts placed far too much emphasis on Moses as an influence on our current system of laws.

Read the entire article here.

 

Moses and the American Constitution – Slate

Nov 21, 2014

Texas panel approves controversial textbooks over Democrats’ concerns – Austin Statesman

 

With many members vowing to improve what they described as a flawed textbook adoption process, the 15-member State Board of Education on Friday voted along party lines to adopt social studies textbooks that academics and members of the public from across the political spectrum had criticized heavily this fall for perceived biases and inaccuracies.

In a 10-5 vote, with all Republican members voting yes and all five Democrats voting no, the elected education board approved nearly 100 new social studies instructional materials, both print and digital, for the first time in a dozen years.

Read entire article here.

Texas Approves New Social Studies Texts — With Changes – Texas Tribune

 

After adopting hundreds of pages in last minute updates and corrections, the Texas State Board of Education approved new social studies textbooks Friday.

All but the five Democrats on the 15-member board voted to accept products from all publishers except Worldview Software, which they rejected because of concerns over factual accuracy.

“When I think of the other publishers, they were on it. They were on the errors. I did not see that here,” Tincy Miller, a Dallas Republican, said of Worldview.

Read entire article here.

 

 

Nov 19, 2014

 

TEXAS COULD CHANGE STUDENTS’ VIEWS OF AMERICA – Education News

Could Texas lead the way to return our public school classrooms to the study of America as an exceptional nation with a rich religious heritage and the most successful free enterprise system in the world? 

Yes, this could happen this week when the Texas State Board of Education votes on Friday on the adoption of new K-12 Social Studies instructional materials (IM’s).  Once publishers produce IM’s that satisfy Texas’ requirements, then those same IM’s are typically used in many other states.

Neal Frey of Educational Research Analysts is known across this country as the guru of textbook evaluations, and publishers have recognized his unquestionable expertise for many years.  In fact, because publishers want to sell their products in Texas (and in other states), numerous publishers have learned to seek out Frey’s counsel during the process of writing their textbooks.  [Educational Research Analysts accepts no donations from any publishers or vendors.] Unfortunately, as the number of IM’s has increased exponentially because of digitized materials, it has become impossible for Mr. Frey to evaluate all of them.

HERE IS WHERE IT GETS EXCITING

Lt. Col. Roy White (retired) and his group of over 100 volunteers — Truth in Texas Textbooks — stepped up.  These 100+ volunteers are made up of college professors, curriculum people, retired educators, and concerned citizens.  For over a year, they have been organizing and preparing themselves to evaluate IM’s and then present their findings not only to the SBOE this week but also to grassroots citizens through public meetings and the social media in the future.

 Read entire article here.

Truth unapparent in history textbook coalition – The South Texan

To take a page out of George Orwell’s book, “he who controls the past controls the future.”

What society should allow politicians or activist groups the right to change history or censor the truth?

The Texas State Board of Education found itself concerned over a ridiculous question last month: Was Sam Houston a liberal?

Read entire article here.

 

State Board of Education votes Friday on new textbooks – KSAT TV

SAN ANTONIO – The vote by the State Board of Education on textbooks, will come on Friday to allow more time for publishers to make any needed changes in the wake of continued public comment.

However, much has changed since a 2011 state law that made SBOE recommendations optional, giving school districts more local control over the selection process of curriculum materials to teach mandated state standards.

Read entire article and watch video here.

 

Nov 18, 2014 

 

Debate Continues Over History Textbooks – Time Warner Cable

The more than 5 million students in Texas classrooms will soon have new history books to study.

The debate over what will be in them brought plenty of concerned parents, teachers, scholars and activists to downtown Austin to testify before the State Board of Education, and that was no different Tuesday, just days before the books are finally approved.

Some academics and activists have criticized what they call an exaggeration of the influence of Moses on the founding fathers, but are encouraged by some changes publishers made.

Read entire article and watch video here.

 

Texas Board of Education delays action on textbooks amid revisions – The Dallas News

 

AUSTIN — State Board of Education members postponed action Tuesday on new social studies textbooks and e-books after learning that several publishers were still making corrections and other changes to ensure final approval of their books later this week.

After listening to several hours of testimony and debate on the nearly 100 books up for adoption, several members said they were not ready to cast an initial vote on the materials because of uncertainty over what the products will look like after all changes are included.

A motion to tentatively approve the list of books failed as five board members voted yes, five voted no, and four abstained. One member was absent.

The five no votes were cast by Democrats, while GOP members split on the motion with five voting yes and four abstaining.

Read entire article here

 

Amid Criticism, Texas Fails to OK New Textbooks – ABC News

“I’ve tried to be a good, patriotic citizen and tried to protect the young people,” said Bruner, who is aligned with a conservative group called Truth in Texas Textbooks.

That organization used dozens of volunteers to raise more than 1,500 complaints about the books. It noted that the achievements of President Ronald Reagan were omitted from some while arguing that others ignored Islam’s occasional glorification of violence ? including beheadings.

Roy White, a retired Air Force pilot and Truth in Texas Textbooks’ chairman, said he supports all religions but “the political side of Islam, the part that threatens you and me … that’s not a religion.”

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Nov 17, 2014

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Progressive Bias Rampant In Texas Textbooks – Breitbart Texas

DALLAS, Texas — On the week of November 17-21, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) will reconvene for a final week of meetings in the ongoing Social Studies textbook adoption process. Called Proclamation 2015 to reflect the 2015-16 school year that these instructional materials will be implemented. The Social Studies textbooks were last updated last in 2002.

A new 469-page Social Studies Textbook Review compiled by Truth in Texas Textbooks (TTT) was presented to the SBOE and the publishers. It is now online. It covers subjects of World History, U.S. History, World Geography & Culture, Texas History, US Government and Economics that were presented to the SBOE for adoption consideration. There is also a Summary of Findings of Factual Errors, Omission of Facts, Half-Truths and Agenda Bias.

Read entire article here.

 

 

Jul 25, 2014

TEA stifles public review of textbooks -San Antonio Express News Editorial

Parents have a right, even an obligation, to participate in their children’s education, but in Texas, the Texas Education Agency and major textbook publishers are blocking parents from having a voice in what the students are taught.

The state has made it essentially impossible for the public to fully participate in this year’s state textbook adoption process by truncating the amount of time available for the public to examine the textbooks and by failing to provide online access to all of the books.

Read the entire editorial here.