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"The Long Game: Texas' Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom."
Listening session and discussion
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Riggleman Hall, University of CharlestonADMISSION: Free
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Textbooks were famously a line in the sand in culture wars that shook Kanawha County in the early 1970s. Trey Kay documented "The Great Textbook War," the title of his award-winning public radio documentary about the subject, which was honored with the Peabody, Murrow and duPont awards.
Textbooks remain a flashpoint for all kinds of cultural and social issues and Kay is back with a new radio documentary, "The Long Game: Texas' Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom."
The documentary will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Radio at 9 p.m., Nov. 7. But first the Charleston native will present a special free listening session of the program at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the University of Charleston's Riggleman Hall, followed by a panel discussion with Kay and Calandra Lockhart, chair of UC's education department.
"The story of the Kanawha textbook controversy was an example of where the nation was in the early '70s regarding culture wars and education," Kay said. "Texas is a great example of where those battles are today."
The Texas Board of Education has been the locus of discussions and debates that might surprise some, such as "cutting out Thomas Jefferson because they didn't like his views on separation of church and state," said Kay.