Textbook adoption is fraught with ideology

Public schools rely overwhelmingly on textbooks in their instruction.  As a result, students learn only what is contained within. The problem is that thousands of schools across the country use textbooks published by two Christian companies, Abeka and BJU Press (“These Textbooks in Thousands of K-12 Schools Echo Trump’s Talking Points,” Huffington Post, Jan. 15).

Not surprisingly, their textbooks provide a distorted view of history.  Therefore, what students get is not education but indoctrination.  Private and religious schools that adopt these textbooks are within their right to do so, even though I maintain that their students are shortchanged.

Textbook adoptions have always been a political process, with different factions trying to get their point of views across.  Yet the blatant disregard for facts remains extremely troubling.

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