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Explore the debate and science of Textbooks.

November 10, 2014

Authors Wanted

NAS

Textbook authors seek collaborators who have expertise in genetics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

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July 16, 2012

Business (Ethics) as Usual

Jason Fertig

Textbooks tend to take a superficial and often anti-market approach.

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March 27, 2012

The Terrible Textbooks of Freshman Comp

Mary Grabar

The anthologies used in many freshman composition courses tell students what to think, not how to write.

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September 22, 2011

Marxist Justice and Western Civilization

William H. Young

William Young discusses the mainstreaming of Marxist ideas in the K-12 educational curriculum.

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September 2, 2011

Disrupting the Textbook Machine

David Clemens

The higher education bubble was inflated by various pumps and gases:  expensive but useless degrees, an ideological straitjacket, grade inflation, administrative bloat, and proliferating progra...

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July 25, 2011

The Killing (and Queering) of History

Jonathan Bean

Over at The Beacon, I have a post on the latest requirement that Something Else must be taught in K-12 history textbooks. This time it is gay history but the real problem is the politicization of te...

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July 25, 2011

Ask a Scholar: Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Gilbert T. Sewall

What's driving up the cost of textbooks, and what are the cheaper alternatives?

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September 1, 2010

Texas Hold `Em

David Clemens

Over at Pajamasmedia, “Zombie” is in the midst of a five part analysis of the Texas textbook battle.  In The Language Police (2004), Diane Ravitch argued that to avoid offen...

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August 26, 2010

Atlas Black Shrugs

Jason Fertig

The first comic book textbook combines management jargon and theories and packages them into a story about a slacker student's attempt to become an entrepreneur.

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August 2, 2010

Billionaires Back Free Textbooks

Jonathan Bean

In 2009, I blogged on the budding movement for open-source and commercially free textbooks coming on the market. The latter vendors often hope to make money by charging for the printing of online te...

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