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  Choosing words: The controversy over Texas textbooks

Texas recently voted not to add creationism to its science texts. But the actions of the state’s school board continue to be closely watched by the nation. Need to Know caught up with the Board last May as it was considering changes for its social studies textbooks.


Hitting the books in Virginia

A history textbook used by Virginia fourth-graders is at the center of a growing controversy after its author admitted to finding some of the disputed information in her book on the Internet.


Should every kid get a Kindle?

Digital textbooks are charming the market, and they now have encouragement from lawmakers, like Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.


  Need to Know, August 6, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Life in a war zone. An embattled outpost where the U.S. military trains Afghan soldiers. Steve Mumford’s paintings of the war in Iraq. And a special pledge week edition of Next Week’s News.


O’Connor: Confirmation process is ‘narrow path’ for nominee

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, spoke with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about the confirmation process, civics in schools and motherhood.

Texas school board approves controversial textbook changes

The Texas education board approved sweeping changes to its state curriculum that would give social studies books a more conservative bent.


As Texas goes, so goes the nation?

Decisions made by the Texas school board on which materials to include in textbooks can have ramifications across the U.S. Or can they? Three experts weigh in.


  Is the Texas school board rewriting history?

Members of the Texas education board open a new front in the culture wars with a push for ideologically driven curriculum standards.


  Is ‘capitalism’ a dirty word?

Members of the Texas education board debate the merits of “capitalism” versus “free-enterprise system.”

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