Today, the Texas Board of Education will vote on a resolution seeking to ban history books which have more content about Islam than about Christianity. Those who support the resolution cite an anti-Christian bias on the part of the writers. But I like Houston Federation of Teachers member Gayle Fallon's take on the issue: "History is what it is. It just happened."
NPR's Two-Way Blog suggests in a recent post on the subject that what Texas decides can affect the textbook publishing industry, and thereby affect the nation. That might be a little too conspiracy-theory for me. But I do think that any threat to limit access to knowledge is damaging to the students who are supposed to be learning and developing skills such as critical thought and analysis. I hope that the members of the Board keep the students in mind when making their decision. And I urge you all to celebrate your own intellectual freedom this week by reading a banned book.