Final Decisions on California Textbooks Included Additional Changes

March 9, 2006

Source: Hinduism Today

On March 9, 2006 Hinduism Today reported, "The California State Board of Education approved a few additional changes to the proposed textbooks for social studies at the conclusion of its meeting today. They took public testimony on a proposed slate of change, or 'edits,' which was the result of a committee meeting of February 27... An excellent presentation by Janeshwari Devi of the Vedic Foundation, which had spearheaded the effort to revise the books along with the Hindu Education Foundation, resulted in 14 additional corrections of contradictions and outright errors in the list of edits approved February 27. These included, significantly, changes regarding the Aryan Invasion theory... In all, most of the edits Hindus sought were granted, while controversial ones regarding caste, women's rights and other issues were not. These edits were opposed by a group of Indian leftists and non-Hindu American academics. The Hindu American Foundation testified at the meeting that the process of consideration of the edits by the Board failed to follow State guidelines and that they were considering suing the board over these lapses."