An educational advocate and resident of Murfreesboro, Tennessee claims to have found several examples within Tennessee Public School Textbooks of left-wing ideological bias.
Further, Jackie Archer, the examiner, said that the textbooks paint Islam in a positive light while leaving little room for other religions.
Jackie Archer, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is affiliated with Tennessee Rising and Tennessee Textbook Advocates. The groups mentioned examine textbooks for political bias.
“Textbook companies are not local. They are huge multi-national corporations. It’s a multi-billion-dollar business, and their interests are more global than they are local. The standards are characterized in a way that promotes progressivism,” Archer told The Tennessee Star Wednesday.
“It’s not all really blatant. It’s more subtle, in the images they choose and the people they choose to highlight. The people they choose to make examples of and the way they identify people. For instance, they avoid identifying any group that does anything negative if they happen to be Democrats.”
Archer gave several examples of such;
- Textbooks allegedly do not mention that slave owners in pre-Civil War times were mostly Democrats and that Republicans emancipated the slaves.
- The textbooks also allegedly portray former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, of Tennessee, as a racist. Archer said that in his lifetime Jackson adopted a Native American boy. The website for the Hermitage, Jackson’s plantation home in Davidson County, substantiates what Archer said.
- The textbooks also allegedly celebrate the life of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger who reportedly believed in eugenics.
- Archer also said the textbooks cast Islam in a positive light and that the amount of space given to other religions is minuscule.
In regards to the matter; Jay Klein of the Tennessee Department of Education said that state officials review the textbooks for their alignment to Tennessee State standards.
“The decision on which textbook to purchase is made at the local level. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-2207, local boards of education must have textbook review committees to review the textbooks and instructional materials proposed for adoption and must make their adoption upon recommendations of such committees,” Klein wrote.
“These committees must be composed of teachers, or supervisors and teachers, and parents with children enrolled in the L.E.A. at the time of appointment to the committee, additionally, the director of schools in the L.E.A. adopting textbooks or instructional materials serves as an ex-officio member of all committees.”
Archer stated that she wants more transparency and that she would like to see choices made available.