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Help Florida choose its new social studies textbooks



jefferson.jpgEvery six years, Florida revises its textbooks. This year, it's social studies' turn.

And what a better time, with a conservative bent taking hold of our government and related institutions? Maybe we can get a Texas-sized curriculum controversy, with fights over things like how much to include about Communists, Muslims and even Thomas Jefferson. 

Texas might be big, but, heck, so is Florida, with enough textbook buying clout to influence the national debate. It almost happened with our science curriculum three years ago. Why not social studies?

And you can play a part. The Florida Department of Education is looking for teachers, school board members and even lay citizens to serve on the instructional materials adoption committee. Interested? Start the nomination process here. Deadline is the end of January.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 2:39pm]


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