About That Civics Textbook…

I posted yesterday about a widely-used high school Civics textbook that was filled with lies and/or egregious mistakes.

An AP story about the textbook is now circulating all over the place.

Publishers are already talking about changes:

The publisher now says it will review the book, as will the College Board, which oversees college-level Advanced Placement courses used in high schools.

The textbook is designed for a college audience, but also is widely used in AP American government courses, said Richard Blake, a spokesman for the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Co. Blake said the company “will be working with the authors to evaluate in detail the criticisms of the Center for Inquiry.” Blake said some disputed passages already have been excised from the newest edition of the book.

Guess who’s been leading the charge for change?

Student Matthew LaClair of Kearny, N.J., recently brought his concerns to the attention of the Center for Inquiry, an Amherst, N.Y., think tank that promotes science and which has issued a scathing report about the textbook.

“I just realized from my own knowledge that some of this stuff in the book is just plain wrong,” said LaClair, who is using the book as part of an AP government class at Kearny High School.

“I’m not looking to cause a huge controversy, but I want the students to be taught correct information,” LaClair said.

His mother, Debra, says she thinks her son is giving his peers another kind of civics lesson.

“When he sees something that is incorrect, he wants to fix it,” she said. “That’s him. That’s what he does.”

LaClair is, of course, the student who received plenty of news coverage when he taped his history teacher preaching about Creationism.

He’s a role model for atheist activists.

And I’m proud to say he’s also a board member of the Secular Student Alliance :)


[tags]atheist, atheism[/tags]

  • David D.G.

    This kid is my new hero.

    ~David D.G.

  • sabrina

    Wow, I just love that kid:) After outing his teacher, he received threats and was a victim of harassment by his peers. Even after all that, he’s still fighting the good fight.

  • Karen

    Go Matt!