On NPR today, I heard a report about text book publishers self censoring
prior to submitting books in Texas. One example was a High School Economics
text. The cover showed the entrance to the stock exchange on Wall Street.
Two nude statues framed the entrance. They took the liberty to airbrush
loin cloths on the statues so as not to offend anyone. I wonder, what do
do for Michelangelo's David in the art and social studies texts. I have
always been impressed at the wealth of art reproductions in Social Studies
and Reading texts my students use. It really reinforces what we teach in
the art studio.
Woody in KC
Kimberly Herbert wrote:
> Texas is getting ready to spend $570,000,000 or more on the new Social
> Studies books (adopted once every 10 years). Books being considered are
> available at your Education Service Center. Different groups are trying
> to push their agenda's into the textbooks and this affects not just our
> kids in Texas, but all kids across the nation. Since Texas and
> California 2 of the 3 largest school systems and both adopt books state
> wide, what happens in these two states dictates for the other 48. I've
> included to NPR articles about the debates at the bottom of this e-mail.