The Great Textbook War

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trey Kay, producer, of the radio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” discusses the controversy that broke out in 1974 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, over newly adopted school textbooks. Supporters thought the textbooks would introduce students to multiculturalism, while opponents felt they undermined traditional American values. “The Great Textbook War” just won a Peabody Award, and it will be airing on WNYC Saturday, April 24, at 2 pm, and Sunday, April 25, at 8 pm on AM820, and on 93.9FM Saturday April 24 at 6 am.


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Comments [3]

Mark Fortner

I went to college in Texas, and I remember hearing in my Texas Government class that at one point the Texas State Constitution had an amendment that said "no publically funded school in Texas shall select or purchase books which denigrate either Texas or the United States." Since Texas is a major purchaser of textbooks, this skewed the content of history books. Topics like "Wounded Knee", the occupation of the Phillipines, and the overthrow of the Allende government were not part of textbooks. So when 9/11 occurred, people asked out of their own ignorance "Why Do They Hate Us So Much". We have to understand our own history in order to insure that the things politicians do in our name, meet our approval.

Apr. 29 2010 05:13 PM
Karl Priest from West Virginia-USA

For those who want to "hear" the protester perspective:

Apr. 23 2010 01:16 PM
Monica from Houston

This is interesting and I look forward to the documentary.
But can I just complain about the fake-stuttering disease? More and more guests are doing this affected stutter, to wit: "Tha- tha- that's a good question." I guess it is supposed to sound like they are thinking, but it's terribly annoying and unnecessary!
I heard you start to do it, too, Leonard---please fight the urge!

Apr. 22 2010 01:12 PM

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