Textbook Race: Lessons on Human Difference

Ann Morning

in The Nature of Race

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950146 | DOI:
Textbook Race: Lessons on Human Difference

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New Dynamic Biology and some other high-school textbooks have had a lot to say to young Americans about race. They have introduced their readers to “the races of man” and provided detailed charts of the species' racial diversity over the course of the twentieth century. They have informed against the dangers of racism and informed pupils of the race-specific risks for particular diseases. The influence of high-school textbooks is both deep and wide. In a nation where education through secondary school is nearly universal and textbooks are a major element of the curriculum, high-school texts reach an extraordinary large audience. U.S. high schools enroll roughly sixteen million students annually, and it has been estimated that those students spend 75 percent of their classroom time and 90 percent of their homework time using textbooks. Textbooks similarly influence the thinking of the teachers who study them while preparing lesson plans.

Keywords: racial diversity; education; curriculum; racism; lesson plans

Chapter.  11743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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