Ever worry what children are learning in school? Maybe you’ve heard some disturbing reports. Thanks to a group out of Texas, Truth in Textbooks, you can not only find out what’s in school textbooks, you can join the process of evaluating them yourself.
That’s because Truth in Textbooks is looking for reviewers. It was started in 2013 by concerned citizens who wanted to prevent the deterioration of social studies texts. As part of its goal to expand beyond Texas and go nationwide, it plans to train 300-500 reviewers throughout the country. You can find out more about becoming a reviewer on their volunteer to be a reviewer page.
Islam in U.S. History?
Why are textbook reviewers needed? For decades, social studies textbooks have become agenda-based and crafted to conform to politically correct criteria. As Truth in Textbooks’ Chairman Lt. Col. (ret.) Roy White points out there are sins of commission and sins of omission. Some of the discoveries made by Truth in Textbooks are just plain weird, like McGraw Hill’s US History to 1877 which spends three lessons in Chapter 3 discussing Islam.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Roy White, Chairman of Truth in Textbooks
Such revelations are of particular importance to those of us at ZionismU. We’re concerned about the way the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islam is taught in U.S. schools, especially in light of last year’s exposé by media-monitoring group CAMERA. Its monograph Indoctrinating Our Youth: How a U.S. Public School Curriculum Skews the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Islam documented the biases in just one school district in Newton, Massachusetts.
The problems are of course nationwide and Truth in Textbooks is looking to help a group of Coptic Christians in Connecticut who have asked for help in evaluating what’s being taught in school texts in that state.
Publishers Forced to Correct Errors
The Middle East is just one area Truth in Textbooks covers. Its subject matter ranges from the American Revolution to Zimbabwe. Naturally, the media has attempted to paint the group as “non-experts.” But these non-experts appear to be doing a better job than the so-called professionals, judging from the success of its reviewers in forcing publishers to make numerous changes to their texts.
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