Textbook battle in Collier County could head to court

Posted at 12:25 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 08:21:37-04
The Collier County School Board approved all but one of the recommended text books for the upcoming school year.
The vote coming over the objects of many in the audience who feel the books are biased and omit key moments in U.S. history, such as who bombed Pearl Harbor.
"The social studies books are un-American, they teach our kids to hate this country and love socialism," said one woman.
New curriculum is recommended by a panel appointed by the superintendent.  Residents can voice concerns over the material before board members vote on it.
"If you look at this book, and all of the tabs around the side of it, that's 121 factual errors, omission of facts, and bias in the textbooks," said Keith Flaugh, pointing to a U.S. history book.
Flaugh's group, Florida Citizen's Alliance is suing to change the vetting process for these books.
However, some students say the debate doesn't tell the whole story about what is going on in class.
"If the textbooks don't cover certain topics as well as they should, which is a very hot point of contention in this meeting, the teacher will bring in other supplemental resources," said Lely Junior Mickey Pulling.
His classmates say they're disappointed with the way people behaved during the meeting.
"They are most definitely detached from the situation, especially considering their age and how far apart they are from receiving that education," Lely junior Rose Sullivan said.
It may be another 8 years before social studies, economics and history books are reviewed again in the district.