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William J. Bennetta

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California Academy of Sciences

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President

The Textbook League


Editor of the Textbook Letter ( On His Review

Fearon's Biology


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Bay Area Skeptics

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American Academy of Sciences

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Answers in Genesis Uses False Evidence on Blue-green Algae

As William J. Bennetta, a professional editor and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, wrote in an essay:


"The Rise and Fall of the Louisiana Creationist Law" | NCSE

NCSE is pleased to announce that the text of William J. Bennetta's "The Rise and Fall of the Louisiana Creationist Law" - a two-part article that appeared in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's magazine Terra in 1988 - is now available on NCSE's website, courtesy of the author and the museum.
Writing in the wake of the decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, Bennetta was prophetic about the next developments: "the creationists' new pseudoscience will carry a new name ... Its content will be fully sterilized: it will avoid explicit supernaturalism, and it will speak not of any god but of a nebulous 'intelligence' or 'intelligent cause.'" A biologist and fellow of the California Academy of Science, Bennetta was the president of The Textbook League - a non-profit organization that scrutinized textbooks for errors of fact, especially including what Bennetta habitually described as "creationist claptrap" - and the editor of its publication The Textbook Letter.


Truthsthatfree.com - Peaceful Islam ?

William J. Bennetta, author of The Textbook Letter and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, also has documented dozens of instances of advocacy for or against a belief system, and has produced a list of books where the "religion preaching" leaves them "unfit for use."
Also contributing to the criticism is the work of Bennetta, whose conclusions are available at TextbookLeague.org. He finds that textbooks from a wide range of many of the best-known publishing houses used in public schools today simply shouldn't be there. "When we examine the textbooks that major publishers try to sell to public schools, we sometimes find fraudulent passages that function as instruments of religious indoctrination: Religious myths are depicted as accounts of real people and events, religious superstitions are depicted as matters of fact, and the origins of religious writings are obscured or are wrapped in outright lies," Bennetta wrote. "These passages of religious propaganda have been devised by individuals or groups that seek to use the public schools for spreading their own sectarian doctrines and for recruiting converts. In various cases, publishers evidently have accepted material from religious pressure groups and have put the material into textbooks, even though it is laden with blatant preaching, miracle-mongering and fake 'history,'" he wrote. Bennetta, who is equally adamant that no religious beliefs be included as preaching in textbooks, cites a Houghton Mifflin book "Across the Centuries" as having a lot of Muslim "propaganda. He said the 1999 version has one thing an earlier edition didn't: an apparent source. Listed as a consultant is "Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director, Council on Islamic Education, Fountain Valley, California." Bennetta said the CIE is "a conspicuous Muslim outfit that evidently specializes in inducing schoolbook-writers to sanitize and eulogize Islam, to retail Muslim religious claims as facts, to retail Muslim woo-woo as history, and to depict Islam as an amicable religion that resembles, and is compatible with, Judaism and Christianity." He said other texts and publishers for which he's found a basis for criticism include "Human Heritage: A World History" by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; "A Message of "Ancient Days" by Houghton Mifflin; "Across the Centuries" by Houghton Mifflin; "Heath World History: Perspectives on the Past" by McDougal Littell; "Ancient World" by McGraw-Hill School Division; "Making Thirteen Colonies" by Oxford University Press, "World History: Continuity and Change" by Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and "World Cultures: A Global Mosaic" by Prentice Hall, among others.


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William J. Bennetta
They're here again, folks: Them Harmonizin' Injuns! William J. Bennetta is a professional editor, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the president of The Textbook League, and the editor of The Textbook Letter. He writes often about the propagation of quackery, false "science" and false "history" in schoolbooks. contact William J. Bennetta by e-mail


In the schoolbook 'Addison-Wesley Chemistry,' Addison-Wesley promotes quackery

William J. Bennetta
William J. Bennetta is a professional editor, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the president of The Textbook League, and the editor of The Textbook Letter. He writes frequently about the propagation of quackery, false "science" and false "history" in schoolbooks.


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