Objects in Mirror

Discuss The Great Textbook War

Posted at 6:00 AM on June 3, 2010 by Julia Schrenkler

Join us starting at 11 a.m. CT for the new American RadioWorks documentary "The Great Textbook War" and a discussion of state academic standards.

We'll begin with a live broadcast of the new American RadioWorks documentary "The Great Textbook War." The documentary takes us to West Virginia, where a battle for the hearts and minds of American schoolchildren erupted in violence in the 1970s. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets and coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. The flashpoint for the controversy was a new set of textbooks meant to present multicultural viewpoints and authors. The textbooks were intended to help minority children succeed in school -- to close the "achievement gap."

After listening to the documentary we'll examine how well Minnesota is closing its own achievement gap. Using various technologies, we'll invite our audiences to discuss how Minnesota's academic standards fit into the debate over national standards. American RadioWorks host Stephen Smith will talk with Minnesota teachers, administrators, parents and students about these questions and more.

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