New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

Jul 31, 2017

By Greg Allen

Keith Flaugh is a retired IBM executive living in Naples, Fla., and a man with a mission. He describes it as “getting the school boards to recognize … the garbage that’s in our textbooks.”

Flaugh helped found Florida Citizens’ Alliance, a conservative group that fought unsuccessfully to stop Florida from signing on to Common Core educational standards.

More recently, the group has turned its attention to the books being used in Florida’s schools. A new state law, developed and pushed through by Flaugh’s group, allows parents, and any residents, to challenge the use of textbooks and instructional materials they find objectionable via an independent hearing.

Flaugh finds many objections with the books used by Florida students. Two years ago, members of the alliance did what he calls a “deep dive” into 60 textbooks.

“We found them to be full of political indoctrination, religious indoctrination, revisionist history and distorting our founding values and principles, even a significant quantity of pornography,” he says.

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6 comments on “New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

  • Mind you…reading some of the stuff that they quote, you’d think that they might have a point. There seemed to be much more crude sex than literature. Ah me! The old become reactionary.



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  • A new state law, developed and pushed through by Flaugh’s group, allows parents, and any residents, to challenge the use of textbooks and instructional materials they find objectionable via an independent hearing.

    . . . and I wonder where they are going to find “independent experts”, on science and education, who are not simply going to throw out silly challenges “objectionable facts”?

    “We found them to be full of political indoctrination, religious indoctrination, revisionist history and distorting our founding values and principles, even a significant quantity of pornography,” he says.

    Aren’t those psychological projection goggles worn by the posturing delusional ignorant and uneducated, wonderful at boosting their false confidence!

    Anyone casually reading this quote out of context, might think he was talking about “encyclopaedias” of creationist pseudo-science or the Biblical Old Testament!



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  • Why don’t they just come out and admit it: this is all about “I’m too stupid/ignorant to understand evolution and/or climate change, so I don’t want anyone else understanding it either, because they will make me look stupid”.

    The sooner these “great leap backwards” types give up, the better. Letting any Joe Bloggs challenge well-established science is just ridiculous.



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  • ShadowMind #4
    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Why don’t they just come out and admit it: this is all about “I’m too stupid/ignorant to understand evolution and/or climate change, so I don’t want anyone else understanding it either, because they will make me look stupid”.

    I was in town this morning, and as usual the evolution denying Jehova’s Witlesses were distributing their evolution incredulity pamphlets, so as usual I smiled and took one!
    That litter bin along the road fully accepts their ideas!



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  • ShadowMind #4
    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    The sooner these “great leap backwards” types give up, the better.
    Letting any Joe Bloggs
    challenge well-established science is just ridiculous.

    The obvious plan, is for the competent science and teaching professionals, to be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the time-wasting, argumentative, opinionated, ignorant followers, of these politicians, so as to handicap and obstruct their work!



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