Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Lesson in what one person can do

If there ever was someone who typified the slogan "Never underestimate the power of a woman," that was Norma Gabler, who passed away on July 22. She and her husband Mel did an incredible job for many years of evaluating textbooks. Every year for decades, she exposed such textbook follies as the history text that gave more space to Marilyn Monroe than to George Washington. Since Texas is a large state and one of the few states that adopt textbooks at the state level, publishers found that they had to pass the Gabler tests for accuracy in order to be adopted. Publishers then revised their texts to meet Texas's standards, ands other states benefited. Mel preceded Norma in death several years ago.

Also see: New York Times article