Textbook review finds publishers guilty of liberal bias

Parents and politicians continue their attempts to protect Florida schoolchildren from the liberal efforts to expose them to obscene material and misinformation.

In addition to the local organizations, such as Moms for Liberty and County Citizens Defending Freedom, there is the Florida Citizens Alliance.

The alliance recently completed a review of textbooks companies are seeking to have adopted in Florida’s 67 school districts.

The results were shocking.

The alliance said the majority of the textbooks reviewed contained significant errors or should not be considered for adoption.

“Critical race theory and social emotional learning permeated these textbooks,” the alliance said.

Half of the books failed to pass muster.

Of 42 textbooks, 38 were reviewed by 69 reviewers. They recommended that 21 should not be adopted in Florida schools because they do not comply with rules and laws of the state.

Another troubling fact is that reviewers are not allowed to review the teacher editions of the textbooks. These contain additional materials that teachers use in the classroom.

This comment was made in the executive summary:

“Reviewers said that there was little discussion on the struggle of women or the struggle of other cultures that came to the United States but there was a major emphasis on the struggle of Native American Indians and blacks. Reviewers found no information on illegal immigration and the problems associated with it. They also noted that there was a lack of contributions affiliated with white people. White people were sometimes characterized as bad or oppressive people. It was as though white people were left out of the textbooks unless they were characterized as the people that brought disease and tortured the Native American Indians and slaves. The definition in the glossaries was also a problem because they were not dictionary definitions but definitions that were used in context to justify the subject matter. The United States was often referred to as a democracy as opposed to a constitutional republic.”

Another reviewer said one book “appeared to be slanted throughout, only showing the negative side of history. Where were the inspirational true stories? I believe it is a disservice to our children to only show the negative side of history. There are two sides to a coin. Even in a jury trial one side seems to be right until you hear the other side.

Another said of a McGraw Hill civics book: “The book tries to elicit empathy for illegal aliens while disregarding accountability to the law, says that it is against the law to question elections and later talks about the Bush v Gore election case in 2000, says that there is voter suppression today due to Trump supporters who claim there were illegally cast votes in 2020 and lawmakers who believed them, has a whole section criticizing the Electoral College, and has an alarmist attitude towards climate change.

The content in the material contains factual errors. To name a few, “citizen” is not defined by the 14th Amendment, the claim that there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, that there has never been a “true communist economy,” and consistently refers to the United States as a “democracy.”

Several books openly praised President Obama and disparaged President Trump, reviewers said.

Others praised communism and criticized Christianity.

The Democrat media in Florida is, of course, outraged by parents trying to protect their children and refers to the book reviews, which are required by law, as “banning books.”

But communists and globalists know that one of the keys to overturning a republic is to re-educate its children.

Textbooks that present one side of issues and blatantly misstate or lie about others have no place in America’s school classrooms.

Why not teach math, English and history instead? It was revealed recently that in 23 Baltimore schools, not a single child could do basic math.

The only remedy teacher unions can offer is to throw more money at the problem.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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