State encourages public input on school textbooks for 2012-13

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 2:46pm
Staff reports

Tennessee education officials said Tuesday they are seeking public input on textbooks proposed for the 2012-13 school year.

The books involve the following subjects: visual arts, music, theater arts, dance, spelling, literature, driver education, computer science, health sciences education, business technology, marketing education, technology engineering, education and trade/industrial education. The textbooks are now on display in 10 district collection sites across Tennessee.

Those interested in reviewing the textbooks should contact the director of the textbook collection site in their area. Forms are available at each site for input and must be completed by Sept. 2.

“Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials that enrich and support the curriculum and to address the varied interests, abilities and learning styles of students,” Morgan Branch, director of textbook services, said in a release

In addition to citizen input, a state review committee of 34 public school teachers will assist Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. After the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, a workshop will be held for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and to answer questions from a representative panel of the reviewers and from commission members.

Commission members will vote Oct. 11 on the new editions to be recommended to the Tennessee Board of Education for the 2011 official list of textbooks. Local school systems can then adopt textbooks from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.

Citizens with questions about the process may call Branch at 615-253-3160.

5 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 8/17/11 at 5:17

And what makes the state think the populace is enlightened enough to know what texts would be appropriate? This seems to invite political ideology into the mix.

The decline of education continues.

By: GammaMoses on 8/17/11 at 6:51

Sept. 2 is a short window to review a book by the public. This should have been done the beginning of summer. As to gdiafante saying the populace may not be enlightened to know what texts would be appropriate, that's like saying I'm too stupid to know what's good for my children to read or watch on tv or on the computer.

By: macjedi on 8/17/11 at 6:58

OH GREAT. Now we get to listen to some of the smallest minds available and their opinion on "lernin"... DANDY.

Many of the people in state can't read at a high enough level to take on this task. Seems an ideal initiative for a Republican administration. They always seem to think the people know more about education than the educated. Figures.

By: LizzyD on 8/17/11 at 11:10

"In addition to citizen input, a state review committee of 34 public school teachers will assist Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. After the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, a workshop will be held for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and to answer questions from a representative panel of the reviewers and from commission members."

I feel a Texas Moment coming our way.

By: consultmlcesq on 8/17/11 at 11:56

One request: Please tell the truth! Especially, do not distort or alter the horrible history of slavery, indentured servitude, jim crow legislation, segregation, the 60's revolt, and the revival of neo-confederate sentiment - soley to assuage guilty egos.