The Academics of Textbooks Get Political

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School boards often toil outside the spotlight, but that has not been case recently for the Texas State Board of Education. Almost half of the elected group are conservative Christians, who, along with the rest of their colleagues take an active role in determining the contents of textbooks used in schools across the state and, by extension, many of the books that end up in schools across the country. How much control should elected officials have over what’s taught in class? Is this breaking down the barrier between Church and State? What part should scientists, historians, and other experts play in the debate over curriculum? Do public schools too often ignore the role of religion in American history?

Credits

Guests:
Cynthia Dunbar - Member, Texas State Board of Education, Kathy Miller - President, Texas Freedom Network, Susan Jacoby - journalist and author, Randall Balmer - Professor of American Religious History, Dartmouth College

Host:
Chery Glaser

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis, Frances Anderton