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Having read the posts both on and off the list, it seems to me that LMSs are
pretty much in agreement about this.  So it seems that (for the moment at
least) reason will prevail in school library collections.

However, there is still the concern over classroom politics eventually
flowing on ... perhaps "the thin edge of the wedge"?

Where do teacher organizations stand on this? While LMS are obviously only
one (or maybe a few) within a school, our classroom colleagues would form a
sizable 'voice'.  Maybe LMS who are sufficiently concerned about this could
start disseminating information there first?  Sometimes it is possible to
assume that others are as equally well-informed as we information
professionals :-)

Just an idea.

Amanda Credaro
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>From: Dennis Hollingsead <hollings@ANDREWS.EDU>
>Reply-To: Dennis Hollingsead <hollings@ANDREWS.EDU>
>Subject: Re: NEWS: Please tell me it isn't true ...
>Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 13:33:16 -0400
>And when will the school book buyers for 48 states meet with the publishers
>to turn this situation around?
>Dennis Hollingsead
>Doug Johnson wrote:
> > Hi Amanda and others,
> >
> > According to Diane Ravitch's recent comments on the NPR program "Fresh
> > Air," this is self-imposed censorship caused primarily by state-wide
> > adoption of textbooks in Texas (conservative) and California (liberal),
> > and the result of 80% of the textbook market being dominated by 4
> > publishers (only one of which is a US owned company). The right doesn't
> > want witches and evolution; the left won't accept depictions of women in
> > traditional roles or minorities treated in any fashion that might be
> > construed as stereotypical, etc. I have little reason to believe Ravitch
> > has a traditional political agenda in her research since she worked
> > under both George B the first and Clinton.
> >
> > One humorous moment on the show came after Ravitch suggested dullness
> > and unreadability in textbooks was a result of these "word police"
> > actions that got rolling in the 80's and 90's to which Terry Gross, the
> > show's host, replied that she went to school in the 60's and textbook
> > were dull then.
> >
> > All this made me think of just how good library collections with items
> > of high interest, different points of view, and engaging writing styles
> > are the true antidotes to dumbed-down, plain vanilla, and incomplete
> > textbooks. Pity the child without access to good libraries.
> >
> > Ketchup must have been banned by the left since the Republicans under
> > Regan made it officially a vegetable! I think it is also Minnesota's
> > state condiment!
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Doug
> > ************
> > Doug Johnson
> > Director of Media and Technology
> > I.S.D. 77, Mankato Public Schools
> > Box 8713, Mankato MN 56002-8713
> > Voice: 507-387-7698, Fax: 507-387-2496
> > E-mail:
> > Web:
> >
> > "The fates guide those who go willingly; those who do not, they drag."
> > Seneca
>Dennis Hollingsead
>Administrative Assistant to VP for Academic Administration
>Andrews University
>Berrien Springs, MI 49104
>Graduate Student
>Minnesota State University, Mankato
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