Critique the textbook

One of the sources for this week’s reading in my ed. class talked about, among other things, the textbook. “Do not criticize it or the author.” You may, if you have to, mention that there are other approaches to these “truths,” but you should not be critical.

Lots of beefs with this.

First, if the book always takes the left-wing approach, uses poor examples when it is from Christians, and, in the non-Christian and unrelated to Chrisitianity, never misses a chance to smack down Christians, why should I not mention this fact?

(In case you think that I am misreading it, in “The Libido of the Ugly,” which is included because it is descriptive, the essayist states that Christians love ugly and hate truth.)

I want my students to be able to read. I want them to read well. I want them to examine the tenets of the work they are reading. If they are left-wing, they might not notice the bias. If they are Christians, they might think I agree with the book. So I point out the biases and we use it anyway.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

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