Plano ISD ends plan to ban textbook

November 15, 2010 12:59:39 PM PST
A Texas school district has reversed its decision to ban a humanities textbook that contained photos of ancient nude sculptures.

A spokeswoman with the Plano school district in suburban Dallas said Monday that teachers can continue to use the humanities textbook. Spokeswoman Lesley Range-Stanton told The Dallas Morning News that the district's curriculum department had initially decided to replace the book "after a parent brought an issue to the staff's attention."

The book -- "Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Alternate Volume" -- contains photos of nude statues from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as the Italian Renaissance.

The decision prompted complaints from students and parents that the district was censoring legitimate academic material.


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