After Loudoun County Public Schools staff pulled its textbook recommendation for the school system’s world history courses following public outcry over cultural bias in the books, the Social Science and Global Studies Resource Adoption Committee reconvened and found new books to recommend for adoption.
To meet the order deadline for the start of school in August, the committee proposed a two-week review period, with the materials being on display in the lobby of the LCPS Administration Building. Digital links will also be available on the LCPS website, LCPS staff said.
Members of the community will be able to review the books through May 28.
The committee recommended National Geographic/Cengage Learning’s “Great Civilizations Ancient Through Early Modern Times” for 9th grade World History/Geography and 9th grade Introduction to AP World History/Geography.
For 10th grade AP World History, the committee recommended McGraw-Hill’s “Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past” (6th edition). Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Ashley Ellis said Fairfax County Public Schools also uses the McGraw-Hill textbook for AP World History.
Ellis also said the committee decided not to recommend a World Religions textbook, because it couldn’t find a textbook it was comfortable recommending. Instead, the committee is recommending World History teachers utilize online resources linked in the current curriculum guide.
Teachers have access to additional online resources such as Newsela, ABC-CLIO, and Britannica, which also support the curriculum, according to staff.
The School Board will vote on the committee’s recommendation at its May 28 meeting.