A final meeting of the Texas Textbook selection folks is scheduled for
Wednesday on books to be used for social studies. So far, 206 people have
signed up to speak (for three minutes each).
What's fascinating is the tabulation of comments received. Very many of
these comments came from out of state. The issues gaining the most
out-of-state comments were:
* "... concern that the social studies standards proposed...are not based on
recommendations of respected academics in the field" (3297 comments).
* "... proposed social studies standards are not in the best interests of
the students" (3426 comments).
Of a total of 14,039 comments registered so far, these two concerns, from
concerned citizens in Guam and Massachusetts, comprise almost half. Overall,
MOST of the comments came from out-of-state busybodies, poke-noses,
nit-pickers, and athletes of the tongue.
Tabulation of exceptions:
The Texas textbook selection process is important to everyone because Texas
is, by far, the largest single purchaser of textbooks in the nation (the
state provides textbooks to all school districts in the state). That means
the state has tremendous influence on textbooks used in your school.
You can imagine the Little Rabbit Independent School District of western
Indiana shopping for 200 11th-grade social studies books. No publisher is
going to print 200 books, but Little Rabbit can pull a couple of hundred out
of the stack of 600,000 that have been printed for Texas and they won't be
Fortunately, though, the kids at Little Rabbit will learn about the
contributions of Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and John Bell Hood
(Division Commander, Army of Northern Virginia).