Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Textbook Censorship

The National Center for Policy Analysis and the Heartland Institute discuss the problem of textbook censorship. The problem is discussed further in the book The Language Police by Diane Ravitch. In her book she suggests the following reforms:

The textbook market should be open to competition by ending statewide textbook adoption and letting local schools and teachers decide what books to buy.

Every state should publish their bias guidelines, along with the names of those serving on their bias and sensitivity review panels.

School systems should require better teachers, particularly those with sound knowledge of English and history.