The Long Game

Saturday, November 09, 2013

For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and shouldn’t be taught in public school classrooms.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks

Friday, February 08, 2013

A new study examined Israeli and Palestinian textbooks and found bias, but not dehumanizing language about the conflict. Three experts who worked on the study talk about the findings.

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For Textbooks, Paper Still Trumps Digital

Monday, September 10, 2012

While the number of Americans who read book on an electronic device is rising, the textbook industry remains a paper-based enterprise. A new study says digital textbooks make up just two percent of overall textbook sales in the United States.

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School Districts Team Up to Demand Better Textbooks

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New York City's Department of Education is joining forces with 30 other school districts to demand textbooks that are in sync with the new Common Core standards. At a panel on Thursday, some school officials said companies were trying to slip materials by them, with stickers that say things like, "Common Core Ready."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Fight over Texas Textbooks

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In 2009, religious conservatives launched a campaign in Texas to change how evolution was described in the state’s science textbooks. Director Scott Thurman talks about his documentary, “The Revisionaries,” which chronicles the fight over what would go into the state’s textbooks and its impact beyond the state’s borders. We’re also joined by Kathy Miller, the president of the Texas Freedom Network, which has worked to defeat initiatives backed by religious conservatives. “The Revisionaries” is being screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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Apple Launches Textbook App

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple is hoping to put an end to the days of students weighed down with a backpack full of textbooks. The tech company said it's aiming to change the way students use textbooks with a free app for downloading those schoolbooks to an iPad.

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