My high school textbook seems politically biased and factually incorrect.

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Is this a bad textbook? Should it be replaced?

  1. Yes, it should be replaced.

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  2. It is partially biased, and the teacher should point out the parts of it that are misleading.

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  3. No, keep it.

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    Okay so I've been thinking for a while now that my AP Human Geography textbook is biased or factually incorrect, but I wanted to see if other people agreed. Let me tell you why I think so. By the way, I'm a freshman in a public high school, so if they're distributing politically biased textbooks, they are acting in an unconstitutional manner.

    Here's one quote from it:

    "Some of today's immigrants to the United States and Canada are poor people pushed from their homes by economic desperation, but most are young, well educated people lured to economically growing countries."

    I don't think this is true. With the millions and millions of uneducated people a year we're receiving from Latin America, I don't see how it can be.

    Also, here's a paragraph that attempts to briefly describe the motives of the 9/11 terrorists, linking it to opposition of globalization:

    "A much more extreme opposition to globalization led to the attack by al-Qaeda terrorists against the United States on September 11, 2001, with support of the Taliban then in control of Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda selected targets- the World Trade Center and the Pentagon-they considered especially visible symbols of US domination of globalization trends in culture, politics, and economy. Afghanistan's Taliban leaders justified such actions as banning television and restricting women's activities as consistent with local traditions, and such punishments as public floggings and severing of limbs as a necessary counterbalance to strong forces of globalization."

    Okay, there's nothing factually wrong here, I just think it left out a very important detail. It didn't mention the Taliban's and al-Qaedas religious beliefs, which are a very important detail to include because they pretty much control they're behavior. They don't restrict women's activities to stay consistent with "local traditions", as my textbook claims, they do it because of they're radical beliefs!

    Here's what I thought was a big signal of bias. It's relating to illegal immigration:

    "Hostile citizens in California and other states have voted to deny undocumented immigrants access to most public services, such as schools, day-care centers, and health clinics. The laws have been difficult to enforce and of dubious constitutionality, but their enactment reflects on the unwillingness of many Americans to help out needy immigrants."

    I think the bias here is pretty obvious. It calls the citizens who vote not to allow illegals the right to use public services "hostile", for one. It also puts a very negative light on people with those views by essentially calling them unwilling to help out all immigrants, not just illegal ones.

    So, after reading through these, do you agree with me that my textbook is biased? These are just some of the examples of bias, by the way, and there are many others. I'm going to look for the textbook for more as I know they're in there and I might post again on this same subject.
     
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    Well,, the immigration statement is a sweeping generalization. If you really want to know, find as many statistical analysis' as you can and see where the statement might be blatantly oversimplified.

    Al Qaeda is a CIA proxy built during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. They don't like us because we encroach on both their lands, and their economic/cultural status. Both militarily and diplomatically. But ultimately, they are the product of the our own making.

    The rest is pure BS.
     
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    you are neither smart enough nor knowledgeable enough to have an opinion on what is 'biased'.

    the text book isn't biased. you are.

    and you should be sent to your room without supper.

    now go study and learn something.

    my son is a sophmore in a public high school and i'd whup him if he sounded as silly as you.

    (although i do applaud your being political... even if you're still ignorant).
     
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    Says the "grown-up" that obviously failed history, math and economics.

    You should probably not be giving advice on "who isn't smart enough" to do anything, Ogre.
     
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    Okay...I'm not sure whether to be offended or think that you actually agree with me that they're is bias going on here. Tell me, specifically why am I wrong about these parts of my textbook being biased and incorrect?
     
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    Dont listen to her, kid. Just keep digging. Never stop questioning everything.
     
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    Wait until you get to the part about the "Greatness" of FDR, it's hysterical!
     
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    Or Lincoln. Or Wilson. Or......

    The history, social/economics and US foreign policy information you get in public school is one giant cheer for statism.
     
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    only to people who live in an alternate reality, frank.
     
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    no. he SHOULD listen to me.

    we can have a myriad of different opinions.

    there is only one set of facts.

    don't encourage ignorance.
     

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