Indiana is one of just nine states that allow school districts to charge textbook fees to students. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz would like to change that.
Region views on school textbooks
Korrie Robinson, Hobart | "I think that most are, but some are pretty biased. Based on the better side, but not the entire truth."
James Mayes, Lake Station | "No. There are a lot of books out of date. We're learned things that have been proven wrong."
McKenzie Cobban, Crown Point | "My teachers were actually really good at teaching what we needed to know. A lot of my teachers employed critical thinking."
Kathy Press, Valparaiso | "I'm a middle school teacher, and it depends on the year it was published. Books go six years at a time, so things are kept updated. Now we can use the Web to research and get up-to-date information."
Aaron Armstrong, Gary | "No. I think it's a conspiracy, something they do to brainwash our kids. Like Lincoln, it's as if he was about ending slavery but he probably had slaves himself."
Kerrie Brubaker, Kouts | "Yes. I'm an educator, and I hope they are. There's actual research to back them up as well as historical records."
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With the tremendous advancements in technology over the past few years, printed textbooks provide an inferior means of learning in the classroom setting.
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