D303 Parent joins conservatives pushing for textbook ban
James Fuller | July 17, 2011
Jennifer Nazlian discovered her daughter was using the “Social Studies Alive!” text in her third-grade classroom. While thumbing through it one night, she found herself filled with some of the same disdain for the messages it contained as conservative icon Glenn Beck.
Beck slammed the book in April when it first raised the ire of parents in Frederick County, Md. Parents there asked the school board to ban the book in the belief that it contains liberal propaganda about health care, labor and child care. The book contains descriptions of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. There’s also a passage about child care being important, but so costly that some families can’t afford it and still pay for food and health care. The passage goes on to say some countries, like Vietnam, provide child care as a public service.