`Dumbing down' of textbooks

September 1985
Newsweek;9/30/1985, Vol. 106 Issue 14, p78
When the California Board of Education recently voted to reject every textbook submitted for use in the state's 7th- and 8th-grade science classes because they `watered down' discussions on evolution, it looked simply like a bold response to the influence that creationist doctrine has exerted on the nation's classrooms since the early 1970s. But the problem is more critical. The `dumbing down' of American textbooks is the broader issue of educational reform.


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