Textbooks are to learning as water is to living. Textbooks provide students and curious
people with an endless supply of information.
Although they are a crucial part of anyones educa-
tion, textbooks have been causing
a lot of controversy lately.
According to an article posted in
The Week entitled “The Great Textbook Wars”, conservatives and liberals are having a meta-
phoric ‘tug-of-war’ over the information put into textbooks.
Textbooks are representations of
Formal education is a construction of knowledge, and rather than being either
conservative-pleasing or liberal-pleasing, it should be focused on encouraging social diversity.
main ‘battle’ about what information goes into popular textbooks is between conser-
vative and liberal thought.
Conservatives believe that textbooks, “reflect a liberal bias, promot-
ing multiculturalism, secular values, and a negative interpretation of American history, at the ex-
pense of Christian values, the importance of free enterprise, and a belief in American exception-
alism (“The Great Textbook Wars”).” History textbooks based on conservative thought would
typically support war and warfare spending.
In opposition, liberals believe that conservatives
have been producing textbooks that only suit their prejudices, and most importantly ignoring the
concept of evolution.
Liberal history textbooks would be supportive of welfare and welfare
spending. A good textbook is one that includes majority facts, and less opinion, and when opin-
ion is stated, it is duly noted that it is just that.
In Texas, a main hub of textbook consuming and curriculum establishing, the conservat-
ives won the ‘battle,’ by having the majority in the 15-member state board of education. Board
member Cynthia Dunbar said that Texas’s curriculum and all the text books included in it were
going to establish that the United States is a “Christian land governed by Christian principles.”
For example, the board decided that Thomas Jefferson, the creator of the idea of
the “wall of
separation” between church and state, should no longer be classified as a primary historical fig-