“As publishers look toward producing instructional materials for us in the future, then I think this at least puts them on notice that we intend that all groups be presented fairly and in a balanced manner.”
The resolution names history textbooks that are more than a decade old and no longer used in Texas classrooms. Conservative members declared those books devoted more lines of text to Islam than Christianity, and offers pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions. Kathy Miller is the President of the Texas Freedom Network.
“Their complaints are very superficial and misleading. They ignore entire chapters about Christianity in those textbooks. And they really just do not rely on sound scholarship. Once again we see this board putting politics again ahead of expertise and sound scholarship in our students’ classrooms.”
If the resolution is approved next week, it would not be binding on future boards that will choose the next generation of social studies textbooks to be used in Texas.