Dr. Brad Porfilio, associate professor of education, was recently invited by Southern California Public Radio to share insight on whether politicians should have any influence over the context of textbooks in California.
Porfilio and co-editor Dr. Heather Hickman have weighed in on this topic with two edited volumes – “The New Politics of the Textbook: Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks” and “The New Politics of the Textbook: Critical Analysis in the Core Content Areas.” Several contributors presented scholarship dedicated to guiding educators, school administrators, academics and other concerned citizens to unpack the political, social, and cultural influences inherent in the textbooks of core content areas such as math, science, English and social science. Other contributors revealed how textbooks, adopted in numerous K-16 classrooms, enhanced the power of dominant social groups in North America, while marginalizing the identities and contributors of minoritized citizens.
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