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Turmoil Over Texas Textbooks in Tennessee?

June 22, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Just who should call the shots when it comes to writing textbooks will be on the agenda when Tennessee educators meet thousands of their counterparts in New Orleans at the upcoming Representative Assembly of the National Education Association.

Fewer companies are publishing textbooks any more, and two of the largest states in America, Texas and California, dominate the requirements of curricula. Tennessee Education Association president Earl Wiman says the values and needs of these two states are very different and shouldn't be so influential in the writing and content of textbooks.

"All of the textbooks are written for what the people in California and Texas want, and my experience is the people in Texas have a much different view of the world than the people in California."

Wiman says the teaching of principles on how to learn are more important than following the strict curricula of the chosen textbooks.

"I think it's important that we teach our children to look at an issue from a number of different perspectives and then chose what they believe, based on their value systems and what their parents have taught them."

While Wiman has great confidence in the impartiality of Tennessee's textbook selection committee, he's troubled by similar state committees that may have left-leaning or right-leaning agendas.

Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN