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Question #90228 posted on 08/17/2017 11:28 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What secondary school level subject has the most charged-up pressure groups of parents/others trying to tell textbook makers how to make the textbooks?

-betting on American history


Dear Gambler,

I was unable to find any reputable statistics on this subject, but my guess would be different than yours: biology. That guess is based largely on the historical controversy surrounding evolution, because I can't think of any other subject that promoted a trial of national magnitude like the Scopes Monkey Trial.

That being said, if any of our readers are textbook makers, please leave a correction and enlighten us.



posted on 08/22/2017 8:36 p.m.
I've never published a textbook, but as an involved parent and former middle school textbook tracker, I've seen the Math curriculum change several times in the last 15 years. I also felt that the climate change section of the science curriculum was a bit overwrought, probably because it's a political lightning rod.