|May 2008 Newsletter|
A great leap forward:
Californians to see new books
EVERYDAY's Texas doomsday;
editor judgement curbed
Local option on sex ed
neuters condom lobby
California was our longest, toughest, costliest venture ever. Getting review copies of textbooks there was as hard as Mel and Norma found it in Texas in the 1960s. We did use methods they honed to better our odds. Still, we would have failed save for multiple divine providences: We just happened to find a way to get the books. They just happened to be U.S. History texts, always rich in factual errors. California just happened to be under court order to revamp regulations we needed changed. Its Department of Education balked at our request … until the State Board of Education granted it. (Read of that under "Sacramento Drama" inside.) God has brought too many improbabilities to pass, to stay now the momentum of this His mission of mercy to California schools.
Texas' resounding "nay" to 3rd grade Everyday Math in 2007 – for reasons on page 3 here – shocked the publisher, rocked "progressives," and blocked sales
everywhere, for rivals will trumpet Texas' rejection. Behind it lay yet another providence. At the final SBOE vote, one member was absent, another abstained.
Thus the seven textbook reformers won, exorcising this festering malaise, because in math as in sex ed and non-phonics reading, destructivists minimize traditional
Simultaneously, Texas reined in editors in general and the condom lobby in particular. If textbooks do include good data, they often fail to build mastery of it
with end-of-section review exercises, end-of-chapter activities, and unit tests. Hence the SBOE told editors to fix that. Providentially, a publisher gave us his
plan to attack this, in plenty of time for us to foil it. Meanwhile, a new act said student texts as well as teacher's editions must cover course standards. That
was a condom-