Textbooks are often used as tools for propaganda. History and geography textbooks widely used in America’s elementary and secondary classrooms contain some of the very same inaccuracies about Christianity, Judaism, and the Middle East as those in Iran.
Did you know that “Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus?” (The World, Scott Foresman/Pearson). Then Jews are charged with a huge lie, the deicide of Jesus, the Palestinian.
These days, developing a textbook and getting it adopted in the major states of Texas and California is so expensive that only those competitors with the deepest pockets stand a chance. There are three mega-publishers (down from nine in less than twenty years) that control the K-12 textbook market.
In their book, The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion, Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra have produced a disturbing piece of work that exposes bias in education via textbooks. They have exposed an extraordinary pattern of errors, distortions and falsehoods in public school textbooks, teacher training and supplemental materials. Exposed are 500 problematic passages about Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Middle East uncovered in the analysis of the 28 most widely used textbooks in public schools.
“The Trouble with Textbooks”, exposes hard left-wing agendas to rewrite history. This book should be required reading material for both teachers and parents who can handle the truth in education.