ERIC Number: ED052125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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A Second Report on The Treatment of Minorities in American History Textbooks.
Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.
This second report on American History textbooks used in Michigan schools is divided into three sections: 1) background information of the 1968, ED 032 369 survey; 2) a description of the 1970-71 study; and, 3) conclusions and alternative actions being considered by the State Board of Education. A survey was conducted to determine impact of the 1968 report on local districts, and to gather information on titles of American History textbooks presently in use. Following the pattern of the first study, twelve very widely used textbooks were identified for evaluation and historians were selected to review them. The over-all results were on the negative side: seven of the reviews are almost totally favorable, two are only partially favorable, and only three could be considered favorable. The State Board outlines these actions for consideration: 1) continue annual studies of social studies textbooks to determine the degree of progress being made in terms of treatment of minority groups; 2) seek legislative funds to support studies by the Social Studies Textbook Advisory Commission and to issue reviews and evaluations; 3) request amendment of state law to give the Board authority to list adequate and inadequate social studies textbook titles: and, 4) request amendment of state law to provide a policy of state adoption of social studies textbooks. Appended are: 1) guidelines for textbook evaluation; 2) a list of the twelve textbooks evaluated; 3) the Department's 1970 survey on textbooks in use. (Author/JSB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.