Community Input Sought For Textbook Do-Over

The school district’s Social Science and Global Studies Resource Adoption Committee has identified replacements for two history textbooks that were yanked from the curriculum after a community review process in April uncovered culturally insensitive passages. A third book that was pulled from the curriculum is not being replaced.

During its April 23 meeting, the school board voted to remove AP World History and Geography, AP World History and World Religions from the list of textbooks to purchase for the 2019-2020 school year. The school board is seeking input on the replacement textbooks through May 28. The replacement books under consideration are:

  • World History: Great Civilizations Ancient Through Early Modern Times from National Geographic/Cengage Learning. Parts of this book would be included in the curriculum for ninth grade world history and geography courses, along with ninth grade AP World History.
  • Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past (6th edition) from McGraw-Hill. Parts of this book would be included in the curriculum for 10thgrade AP World History.

For the world religions course, the panel recommended against purchasing a replacement. “Our current curriculum guide includes links to digital resources that support the curriculum,” and teachers have access to additional resources such as Newsela, ABC-CLIO, and Britannica, according to a staff report.

The proposed replacement textbooks are on display in the lobby of the Administration Building at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn through May 28. The School Board plans to vote on their selection May 28 to meet the deadline to get the books ordered and into place by August for the start of the school year.

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