Trouble With Textbooks

Trouble With Textbooks

by Gary A. Tobin, Dennis Ybarra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739130935

ISBN-13: 9780739130933

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

School textbooks in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab and Muslim worlds are filled with anti-Western and anti-Israel propaganda. Most readers will be shocked to discover that history and geography textbooks widely used in America's elementary and secondary classrooms contain some of the very same inaccuracies about Jews, Judaism, and Israel. Did

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School textbooks in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab and Muslim worlds are filled with anti-Western and anti-Israel propaganda. Most readers will be shocked to discover that history and geography textbooks widely used in America's elementary and secondary classrooms contain some of the very same inaccuracies about Jews, Judaism, and Israel. Did you know that "there is no record of any important Jewish contribution to the sciences?" (World Civilizations, Thomson Wadsworth). Or that "Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus?" (The World, Scott Foresman/Pearson). Supplemental materials and other classroom influences are even worse. The Trouble with Textbooks exposes the poor scholarship and untruths in textbooks about Jews and Israel. The problems uncovered in this ground-breaking analysis are instructive, and illustrate the need for reform in the way textbooks are developed, written, marketed, and distributed. Substitute another area—how we teach American history, Western civilization, or comparative religion—and we have another, equally intriguing case study. The Trouble with Textbooks shows what can go terribly wrong in discussing religion, geography, culture, or history—and in this case—all of them. The Trouble with Textbooks tells a cautionary tale for all readers, whatever their background, of how textbooks that Americans depend on to infuse young people with the values for good citizenship and to help acculturate students into the multicultural salad that is American life, instead disparage some groups and teach historical distortions. With millions of young people using these textbooks each year, the denigration of some should be a concern for all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739130933
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Textbooks Are in Trouble Chapter 2 When the Textbook Is Not Enough: Supplemental Materials,Teacher Trainings, and More Chapter 3 Learning about Jewish Origins: Stereotypes of Jews Chapter 4 Jews, Judaism, and Christianity Chapter 5 Double Standards in Teaching about Judaism Compared to Islam Chapter 6 The Ancient History of Israel Chapter 7 The Founding of Israel: Rights to the Land, War, and Refugees Chapter 8 Terrorism and Internal Conflict Chapter 9 Conclusion Chapter 10 Methodology Chapter 11 Appendix A: Textbooks Reviewed by Publisher Parent Company Chapter 12 Appendix B: Familiar Imprints of Major Textbook Publishing Corporations Chapter 13 Appendix C: Textbook Usage Survey: Extent of Usage by Publisher Parent Company Chapter 14 Appendix D: Textbook Usage Survey: Survey Instrument Chapter 15 Appendix E: Outline of the Arab Narrative

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