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Social Studies Florida Rejects Social Studies Textbooks, Requests Edits for Others. What You Need to Know
Florida's education department rejected more than 30 books for social studies instruction, highlighting a new challenge for publishers.
Ileana Najarro, May 23, 2023
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Social Studies Florida Wanted Changes to Social Studies Books. Here's a Sample of the Revisions
Textbook publishers found themselves with new, confusing specifications to follow in Florida.
Ileana Najarro & Gina Tomko, May 23, 2023
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Social Studies Latino History Is U.S. History. High School Textbooks Neglect It
Including Latino history is an issue of representation, but also about "filling a gap of foundational knowledge,” a report concludes.
Sarah Schwartz, May 16, 2023
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Mathematics Opinion Are Math Textbooks Really Indoctrinating Kids?
Math textbooks don't teach critical race theory. Whether they connect with middle schoolers is another question.
Tiffini Pruitt-Britton & Candace Walkington, July 19, 2022
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Social Studies Florida Is Placing Limits on Social Studies Textbooks. Here’s What Has to Go
Earlier this year, Florida drew national attention for rejecting math textbooks. Could the same happen with social studies?
Ileana Najarro, July 14, 2022
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Mathematics What the Research Says Textbooks Need More Real-World Math Exercises, Study Finds
A study of 8th grade textbooks in the United States and 18 other countries says most rely too much on basic computation problems.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 16, 2022
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Curriculum Florida's Math Textbook Brouhaha: Your Questions Answered
Florida rejected several math textbooks for 'indoctrination.' But what do we really know about them—and what happens next for districts?
Stephen Sawchuk, April 20, 2022
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Social Studies Opinion Where Do White People Belong in Black History?
While white allies may have a place in a Black history curriculum, they shouldn’t be a at the center of it.
Ryan M. Crowley, William L. Smith & Carly Muetterties, February 1, 2022
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Reading & Literacy White Characters Still Dominate Kids' Books and School Texts, Report Finds
The review comes at a time when there’s increased national attention on what children are reading in school.
Sarah Schwartz, December 1, 2021
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Curriculum Texas Lawmaker Demands Districts Provide Lists of Books on Racism, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ
The Texas attorney general candidate's request has received criticism from educator groups who say the inquiry is politically motivated.
Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 28, 2021
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Curriculum Opinion For Many Teachers, Black Lives Only Matter Conditionally
If you believe Black lives matter, it's time to stop whitewashing American history, writes Rann Miller.
Rann Miller, September 16, 2020
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Curriculum Opinion How Should Teachers Handle the Movement to 'Rewrite' High School History? Embrace It
The history curriculum is a good place for educators to take the initiative on racial justice, urge history educators Jack Doyle and Chris Doyle.
Jack Doyle & Christopher L. Doyle, July 14, 2020
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Social Studies From Our Research Center Survey of Mostly-White Educators Finds 1 in 5 Think Textbooks Accurately Reflect People of Color
When asked how much the textbooks they use "accurately and fully reflect the experiences of people of color," one in five educators said "a lot."
Catherine Gewertz, June 29, 2020
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A parent in Rutherford county, Tenn., refused to let her daughter complete this assignment in a Studies Weekly publication, which asked students to write from the perspective of a plantation owner.
A parent in Rutherford county, Tenn., refused to let her daughter complete this assignment in a Studies Weekly publication, which asked students to write from the perspective of a plantation owner.
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Curriculum A Popular Social Studies Curriculum Got an Internal Review. The Findings Weren’t Pretty
Studies Weekly's lessons had hundreds of examples of errors and racial bias.
Sarah Schwartz, June 14, 2019
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