A&M Professor Shares Views on Texas Textbook Debate

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

The ongoing debate on what should, and shouldn't, be included in Texas textbooks had a Texas A&M professor weighing in on the topic on Fox News.

James Kracht also serves on the review committee that oversees changes in text book content.

Critics like Dallas-based Liberty Institute say the process is being hijacked by political correctness. A point Kracht concedes is happening in some cases.

"One of the craziest examples was the removal of Christmas and replacing it with Diwali as one of the studies of the religious holidays," said Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Institute Attorney. "That's something that didn't go over very well and the board unanimously overturned that."

Kracht responded, "I think there are political agendas by board members and by outside sources that want certain names in the text and would rather have certain names out of the text."

A final decision on Texas textbooks isn't expected until May. The topic is getting national attention because other states follow the textbook lead of Texas since it is one of the top buyers of books each year.

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