I commend the Austin American-Statesman for publishing “Two takes on textbook strife,” (5/18/10).
One take was written by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), an organization that lost my trust.
Eight years ago, I volunteered to review textbooks for the Texas Board of Education. I was astounded by the number of factual errors I found. I conveyed these to the publishers, as well as some dangling concepts.
One textbook states “John Locke believed that all people are born with certain rights (‘inalienable rights’).” Locke’s reasoning was not explained. This was corrected by the publisher to read: “Locke believed that God created people who all, equally, had certain rights. To deny people these rights would be going against God ….Thomas
Jefferson added these ideas to the Declaration of Independence.”
Notwithstanding the truth, the TFN cast me into their bucket of stereotypes as a far right promoter of Christianity!