Truth in Textbooks (TNT) was formerly Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition, is aligned under ACT for America Education which is a 501c3 non-profit.
By the end of 2016 the goal is to have 500 trained reviewers who will be standing by to assist teachers, parents and those concerned citizens who find material in the social studies classrooms to be less than accurate.
- TNT will assist those states that do a centralized process of textbook review and selection for all grades K-12. There are 22 of those states.
- TNT, when requested by parents, teachers or school board members, can assist in reviewing the social studies textbooks being considered for grades K-13.
- TNT, when requested by parents, teachers or school board members, can assist in reviewing instructional material, supplemental material that is not a part of the school approved lesson plan or other audio/video material (based upon availability to obtain the material) on specific social studies related topics
- There is no charge for any of these services.
Funding is provided to subject matter experts who advise, counsel and conduct final reviews of the reviews provided by our trained volunteers. Donations for assisting this unique research and assistance to public and private schools are full tax deductible and can be made to ACT for America Education. Checks can be sent to 869 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 113, #411.
TNT started as Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition in October 2013. Operating independently the work of our volunteers is found on this website. The success of our volunteers in getting real changes made to the social studies textbooks demonstrated that with the proper selection of volunteers, training of the volunteers and sticking to specific processes and procedures these textbooks could be properly reviewed and critiqued professionally.
The roots of TTT were planted in Tennessee where citizens there conducted social studies textbook reviews in the summer of 2013. They continue the fight today and because of their work have seen significant change come about due to the pressure that was applied to elected, appointed governmental officials and education administrators.
The summary below provides you the overview of the work of the TTT Coalition volunteers.
Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition Executive Summary
of Social Studies Textbooks Review
Truth in Texas Textbooks (TTT) Coalition was formed in October 2013 for the single purpose of improving the factual accuracy of social studies textbooks for the 5 million children of Texas who will use these textbooks beginning in the 2015’-’16 school year.
Our team of volunteers from inside and outside the state of Texas produced 32 reviews of middle school and high school textbooks. This total represents only 20% of the total number of instructional materials submitted by publishers for consideration. Our team was made up of concerned parents, grandparents, teachers and subject matter experts. Training for our volunteers began in January 2014 and included “mock reviews” using the protocols and procedures laid out by TTT for its volunteers.
The final 469 page report covered World History (177), US History (143), World Geography & Culture (86), Texas History (36), US Government (25) and Economics (2). Publishers reviewed were McGraw Hill, Discovery, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin, Perfection, Worldview and Cengage.
Using an online collaborative tool, Basecamp, TTT reviewers worked remotely accessing the textbooks and working together in four person teams to minimize individual biases. Beginning in June each team was assigned a book and completed their review in approximately three weeks. Most teams were able to review a total of four books from June through October. Team reports were then reviewed by subject matter experts consisting of former social studies teachers, experienced textbook reviewers, college professors, authors and clergy.
Thousands of hours have been dedicated to the project involving over 100 volunteers. No one has been compensated for any work submitted with these reports. The entire effort has been funded by the TTT volunteers by the giving of their time, resources and materials.
Publishers have until November 7 to submit their replies to the SBOE. These replies will be posted on the TEA website and TTT’s. The public will be allowed to speak at the November 18th SBOE hearings beginning at 1 PM in Austin. The SBOE will vote on final approval for the textbooks before Thanksgiving. A small sample size of the errors and biases found in the review are attached.
It is requested that concerned parents contact their SBOE elected official and express concerns and urge the SBOE to vote “no” if appropriate changes are not incorporated by the publishers. The names and contact information for the 15 SBOE members can be found here.
A list of contact information for the publishers can be found here.
Please contact the publishers and urge them to make the required changes also.
The full 426 page report can be found here.
Media inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt Col (ret) Roy White, Chairman
Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition
TTT Coalition Leadership Team
Lt Col Roy White, TTT Chairman
Lt Col Roy White (ret) is a combat veteran fighter pilot who served honorably in the Air Force for 20 years as an instructor pilot in the A/OA-10, AT-38 and T-37. He retired in 1999 and is a commercial airline pilot with over 12,000 hours of accident free flying experience. Prior to being commissioned he was a public school teacher in NC and received a BS in Physical Education and Health from Appalachian State University in 1976. He has been a resident of Texas for over 34 years residing in Lago Vista, TX, Flower Mound, TX and lives now in Boerne, TX.
Since 2006 he has been served in the role of President/CEO and consultant to many military veteran and their families centric non-profits. In October 2013 he volunteered to organize and lead the effort to review social studies textbooks. With the help of many others TTT Coalition took shape and became what the Education Research Analysis President Neal Frey (who is the premier textbook reviewer with over 30 years of experience) calls “the most extensive and professional prepared group of citizen volunteers to review textbooks he has seen in 30 years.”
Pat Blair is a home school mother who has taught for 11 years. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and has lived abroad for 21 years. She became concerned about the content of the Social Studies textbooks to which the children in Texas public schools were being exposed. She is the Research Director for TTT Coalition, overseeing 15 researchers and 40 reviewers for TTT.
Dr Amy Jo Baker has 40 years of Social Studies instruction experience in the public school systems of San Antonio. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Studies from Trinity University and received her doctorate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeaster University in Ft Lauderdale, FL. As a teacher, mentor and curriculum director she has been engaged in the textbook review, adoption and selection process on the school, district and state level. She has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations and currently serves the President, San Antonio Retired Teachers Association
Dr. Sandra Alfonsi is Director of National Hadassah’s Curriculum Watch and Chair of the Hadassah Academic Advisory Board. She has been a reviewer of K-12 United States History, Social Studies and Global and World History textbooks since the mid-1990s.
Dr. Alfonsi was the primary researcher for ACT! for America Education from 2011-2012 and Lead Author of its Report: Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks. She has served as ACT! for America’s Director of Textbook Revision Project ACT! for America Education since 2012.
She is the Founder and Director of Textbook Alert, an independent think tank, whose goal it is to insure standards of education which are historically accurate and ethnically and culturally unbiased, and Head Textbook Alert Advisory Board, which reviews textbooks for errors and omissions in the areas of Judaism, the Holocaust, Israel, and Islam. She lives in East Stroudsburg, PA and is Professor of Modern Foreign Languages at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, P.A.
Attorney Christopher Byrd is legal counsel to Truth in Texas Textbooks. His expertise in the areas of public policy and dealing with government agencies is key to TTT Coalition. His work in establishing a Christian Charter school in Oklahoma and work with many youth programs with Rotary illustrates his dedication to the children of Texas.