The Great Textbook War What should children learn in school? Around the country, battles rage over what texts kids should read and what they should be expected to know. "The Great Textbook War" is an American RadioWorks documentary that takes us to West Virginia, where a battle for the hearts and minds of American schoolchildren erupted in violence in the 1970s.11:06 a.m.
American RadioWorks and the Great Textbook War Minnesota's academic standards are often cited as some of the best in the nation. But are schoolchildren really learning what the state says they should know? American RadioWorks and Minnesota Public Radio host a live conversation in MPR's UBS Forum about the documentary, "The Great Textbook War" and how we decide what our children learn.12:00 p.m.
Stephen Smith: Host of American RadioWorks from American Public Media.
Tom Weber: MPR education reporter.
Alice Seagren: Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Jamie Crannell: Chemistry and physics teacher at Chaska Senior High School and Chanhassen Senior High School.