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Opinion: Texas textbook change can’t blot out Internet


The Daily News Journal columnist Jim Leonhirth writes that while the dust still is settling in the revisions of Texas Board of Education curriculum standards, the real winner in the controversy may be obsolescence. Whatever the Texas textbooks say about political and social issues in future editions, Texas students should be able to walk a few steps to the Internet-linked computers in their classrooms, school computer center or school library; type a few appropriate keywords in a search engine; and find out more than they probably want to know about any political or social issue. Whether they will be able to evaluate properly the quality of the information they find online is another question, but the planned changes in the Texas curriculum may provide them with some practice in doing that.

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