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Textbook with ‘divisive teachings’ nixed by Virginia board

The textbook of concern is “Government in America: People, Politics and Policy.”
The textbook of concern is “Government in America: People, Politics and Policy.”(Source: Pikrepo via MGN)
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 3:51 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board has decided against buying some new social studies textbooks because of concerns that one of the books encourages “divisive teachings,” including critical race theory.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Williamsburg-James City County school board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to not purchase the books. The textbook of concern is “Government in America: People, Politics and Policy.”

It is often used in government and politics classes. One citizen claimed it was biased and left-leaning. Another said the cover photograph was a form of indoctrination.

The photo is of a protest outside the U.S. Capitol with signs reading, “Stop killing Black people.” Students are currently using textbooks that are 12 years old.

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