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Parents cry foul over 'racy,' 'liberal' new textbooks

By By Anne McCloy
Published On: Sep 17 2013 08:30:10 AM CDT
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Nashville, TN (WSMV) -

Every K-12 public school in Tennessee is slated to get new social studies textbooks next year, but a group of parents say the books school districts are about to buy up are anti-American and inappropriate.
Now, they are taking their concerns to state commissioners, seeking to raise awareness about the books' content and their perceived bias, according to Nasvhille TV station WSMV
"In dozens of instances, these books are filled with liberal agenda and propaganda," parent Becky Keurig said.
Another mom says students taking Advanced Placement courses may read a book that is too mature for a high school student.
"It cites a 40-year-old study on masturbation in which students are told 20 percent of women actively fantasize about being raped. I have yet to meet these women," parent Julie West said.
The state textbook commissioner responded.
"I think the best question is, 'Is that excusable in an AP-level class?' Personally, I have a real problem with that content, when were talking about a K-12 environment," Tennessee Textbook Commissioner Dr. Dan Lawson told WSMV.
Next month, the commission will put out a list of books it recommends to school districts, which will then be used for the next six years.
As for the parents' concerns, commissioners promised they will be heard.

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