Schoolbooks' Treatment of Hinduism Called into Question in Fairfax County

March 17, 2005

Source: The Connection Newspapers

On March 17, 2005 The Connection Newspapers reported, "several social studies textbooks up for adoption by the Fairfax County school system are being criticized by the Indian community because of the way the books portray the Hindu religion and Indian culture as a whole. The school board is set to adopt the eight textbooks at their March 31 meeting. School officials are recommending the board approve the books, but are suggesting they also approve supplemental material about Hinduism and India... The textbooks oversimplify Hinduism, treating the religion as exotic and approaching it from an anthropological perspective, according to a committee of college professors asked to review the textbooks."