December 9, 2008 |
BOOKS ARE valuable resources that foster learning. Textbooks in particular are instrumental in guiding the academic progress of students in our schools. Therefore, making sure that all our students have access to textbooks in their classrooms is an incredibly important priority. As the new superintendent, one of my top concerns in June was to ensure that all our schools had enough core-subject textbooks for student use at the beginning of the new school year. Even though the district spent an estimated $30 million this year, and another $94 million since 2005 on the purchase of textbooks for all students, the fact that some of our students still do not have access to texts is totally unacceptable.
January 18, 1986
It's downright deceitful to tamper with history. But don't try to tell that to the folks in the U.S. Department of Education. They want the publishers of American high school textbooks to slant the educational process so that this nation's young people sing U.S. praises, even when praise isn't deserved. Earlier this week, Undersecretary of Education Gary Bauer complained to the Association of American Publishers that their textbooks are "hyper-critical of American institutions" and not tough enough on communists.
March 19, 2010 |
FOR YEARS, liberal activists and historians have engaged in an all-out effort to redefine our country's narrative by attacking the so-called "white and patriarchal" interpretation of history found in most pre-1960s textbooks. They spent a lot of time, effort and money revamping our history to include the experiences, accomplishments and perspectives of women and minorities. Nothing wrong with that, in theory. The more information a student is exposed to, the better. Assuming, that is, that there's balance in the mix. Unfortunately, for decades, there's been a concerted move to replace the original three "R's" of much of the traditional curriculum - "readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmatic" - with something more along the lines of "racism, reproductive rights and revolution.
June 26, 1986 |
Junior high school students in the Marple Newtown School District who want to know something current about African studies would learn more by reading newspapers than by studying their textbooks. That is because the district's textbook, African Studies Program: Echoes from the Past, was written 15 years ago. That bothered Marple Newtown school board President Richard M. Kleger, who recommended Tuesday that district teachers re-evaluate the use of older textbooks and supplement courses with timely material.
November 2, 2011 |
The future of education is tech and the future of textbooks is Inkling. Inkling is the creator of university-level textbooks for the iPad. I interviewed Matt MacInnis, the CEO of Inkling, about its textbooks last weeks. MacInnis explains that Inkling takes a textbook, disassembles all of the component parts, and builds it back up again for the iPad, making use of interactive features, including 3D images and videos, to enhance the reader's experience. Inkling plans to have about 100 titles available by the end of this year and hundreds more next year as their production increases.
August 10, 1987 |
Allan Bloom, author of "The Closing of the American Mind," was correct to subtitle his best-selling book: "How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students. " According to a report released by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), public schools have failed democracy by not teaching students how to understand and appreciate it. Called "Democracy's Untold Story: What World History Textbooks Neglect," the report is an indictment of an education establishment that has been more interested in fulfilling the agendas of special interest groups than in teaching students about democratic values and explaining why they work better than other governmental systems.
August 26, 2005 |
School is starting, and the only thing between a flush bank account and an empty one this semester is the stack of textbooks that your professors insist you need. You can blow off the books completely and hope to glean the information by osmosis, stand in line at the campus bookstore and pay full price while muttering about highway robbery, or go online. That last option can save hundreds of dollars and the headache of finding a retailer with the book in stock. Several online retailers carry textbooks.
August 16, 2012
Going back to school means filling a backpack or - more and more often - a digital device with textbooks. Here are some ways to get that chore done with smartphone applications. Amazon Student , by Amazon Mobile L.L.C. for Android and Apple, is one of many free apps from the online-retail powerhouse. This one is tooled for school, with an image of a satchel of books gracing the home screen. Amazon lets you scan a bar code to buy or sell textbooks - except, of all things, Kindle e-books from Amazon.
June 12, 2009 |
The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on 3 years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks, stripping the Crimson Tide of 21 football wins from 2005 to '07. The NCAA said 201 athletes in 16 sports obtained "impermissible benefits" by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. Alabama identified 22 athletes, including seven football players, as "intentional wrongdoers" who knew they were receiving improper benefits.
July 13, 1999 |
Reading, writing, arithmetic - and now, returning. That's returning those textbooks in good shape next June, for the city's public school students. The Board of Education yesterday unanimously adopted a policy requiring students to return textbooks at the end of the school year, or face fines and other penalties. The get-tough stance is the latest chapter in a three-year effort to supply enough books for approximately 210,000 students. Money for school books and related instructional materials has increased from $9 million in 1994 to a projected $23 million in the upcoming school year.