What’s left?

This is a direct quote:

“It is an OPINION that the textbook has 68 factual errors. The people who did the analysis to find the alleged 68 errors may be themselves factullay (sic) wrong.”

The quote is from a comment on this report:

Just as the U.S. is about to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texas’ elected education board is facing whether to send to its schoolchildren a Mexican American studies textbook that has been called “dripping with racism” and has been found by a state committee to have many mistakes.

The Texas State Board of Education gave the textbook a full hearing, putting it through the same process as other state textbooks, a process that lacks any earlier filter for a problematic book. The board held the hearing on the book on Tuesday, taking public comment including that of Mexican American studies scholars, legislators and a couple of young people. About 100 people signed up to speak and the book drew a busload of protestors to Austin.

The book, Mexican American Heritage, published by Momentum Instruction, was found to have 68 factual errors and 73 interpretive and omission errors by an ad hoc committee of scholars assembled by board member Ruben Cortez Jr.

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Now why this is such a big deal? Texas originally acquired its power over the nation’s textbook supply because it paid 100 percent of the cost of all public school textbooks, as long as the books in question came from a very short list of board-approved options. So what comes from Texas goes, for the most part, to schoolrooms across the country.

And if facts are no longer facts, what’s left?

Our grandchildren will one day learn that in 1492 Babe Ruth cured cancer by inventing parmesan cheese…

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