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What We Don't Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.21.2016 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today's movement ...

'We Don't Do Programs'

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When speaking with educational leaders, I frequently hear them say, "We don't do programs." They lament that teachers and principals are often too dri...

Just Try To Look Away From This Absurdly Flat Mouse Found In A 17th-Century Book

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts

Well, that’s one way to get rid of a pest ― and your pesky Latin homework ― all in one fell blow. The Latin textbook featured above, published ...

The New Face of the Textbook Monopoly

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Ethan Senack

Today, the Student PIRGs released a new report titled Access Denied that investigates the concerning growth of online access codes in college classroo...

Do Textbooks Matter?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Recently, some colleagues and I were speaking with some superintendents about how they use evidence to select educational programs. Although they had ...

Nation's Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching 'Climate Justice'

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country's first comprehensive "climate justice" resolution. The school board voted unanimously to "abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities," and called for all schools to teach a "climate justice" curriculum.

Nation's Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching "Climate Justice"

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.16.2016 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

There remains an enormous gulf between the severity of the climate crisis and the attention given the crisis in U.S. schools and in widely used text material.

How to Save Money As A Freshman

Kelly Peeler | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Kelly Peeler

Graduation has come and gone. Now it's time to look forward to back to school season. Sometimes exciting, sometimes overwhelming. Especially when it comes to spending money.

What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don't Ask Your Textbook

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.15.2016 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

By Adam Sanchez Fifty years ago this week, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chairperson Stokely Carmichael made the famous call for "Black Po...

Portland, Oregon Schools Call for Climate Justice and Student Activism

Bill Bigelow | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In what may be a first in the nation, this week the Portland, Oregon school board passed a sweeping "climate justice" resolution that commits the scho...

Culture Clashes in California Classrooms

Rafael Salazar | Posted 05.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

In putting together a new framework for the state's history and social sciences curriculum, the Instructional Quality Commission of California's Department of Education has received nearly 500 pages of comments and suggestions on how to best write textbooks for K-12 students.

Activist Academics Unleash Hinduphobia in California

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The SAFG, and submissions endorsing their edits, are motivated by ideology and ignorance in insisting on erasing India and linking Hindu scripture with caste-based discrimination. And as the social media posts above show, rather than increasing understanding, they normalize Hinduphobia.

India, Israel Bring Their Disputes Over History Into Our Schoolbooks, and More

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.11.2016 | Home
David Palumbo-Liu

The debate over how India is to appear in California textbooks has to be seen against the backdrop, not only of Indian political action committees, of what is emerging as a pattern of influence exerted by Hindu nationalist groups here in the U.S. upon U.S. education.

Why South Asia Studies Faculty Are Wrong about Hindu "Revisionism" and Indian History in California's Schools

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 03.25.2017 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

If you are a teacher, school official, or perhaps even a student or parent in California, you have probably heard about the controversy that has raged for a decade about how India and Hinduism are depicted in California's History lessons.

Textbooks

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.11.2017 | College
Katherine Sotelo

In 2013, I went to prom. It was my junior prom, to be exact, at an art gallery on the outskirts of downtown San Antonio. I wore a black dress with a ...

92 Percent Of Students Prefer Print Books, New Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts

In the future, books won’t be books at all. Pixely plots will replace cut-creating pages, and cover art will become a strange relic to be studied by...

NEWS: What Books are College Students Reading? A Cool New Online Tool Reveals All

The National Book Review | Posted 02.05.2017 | Home
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review For decades now, universities have been caught up in the "canon wars" -- battles ove...

Textbooks Promote Myth of 'De Facto' Segregation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

After attending a presentation on the history of housing segregation and race, parent Wendy Jacobson decided to see what her son's AP history textbook had to say on the matter.

"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.22.2016 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.12.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Nicole Allen | Posted 10.07.2016 | College
Nicole Allen

students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success. If traditional textbooks are not producing better outcomes, then what exactly are students paying for?

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Bill Bigelow | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Epic Climate Change Textbook Fail

Steven Newton | Posted 09.16.2016 | Education
Steven Newton

If children are being taught about climate from Florida's fifth grade science textbook from publisher Scott Foresman, then those children are learning from a text so riddled with glaring and obvious errors that it's hard to know how such a book could see the light of day.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.