Textbook Controversy OR Tort Cases

Directions: Choose ONE of the following prompt options. After completing your post, give a thoughtful paragraph response to another student’s post, being sure to incorporate what you are learning from the course.
Option A: Textbook Controversy
The State Board of Education (SBOE) in Texas has come under fire for the last several years for tampering with the historical content in textbooks set to be distributed within the state.  This has gained some level of national attention because the textbook market in our state is so large (10% of ALL primary school students in the United States go to school in Texas) that the big publishers distribute Texas editions of books all throughout the country. You need to win an election to be part of the SBOE.  Additionally, the SBOE are part of the executive branch in Texas.  Read the following two short articles on the current textbook controversy:

What are some of the content issues being fought over regarding textbooks in Texas?  How is the language used in some of these textbooks problematic?  Do you believe the textbook controversy is a big deal in the first place?   Do you believe the textbook controversy merits the national attention it has been getting? Give a 1 paragraph response to these questions.
Option B: Tort Cases
A tort is defined as a wrongful act or an infringement of a right that leads to an offender being responsible for damages.  Torts are a major category of civil law in the United States.  Torts are divided into three categories:
1. Intentional Torts: You intentionally caused harm to a person or their property and are responsible for damage.  If you slashed your significant other’s tires as a result of a bad breakup, this would be an intentional tort and you must pay for the damage to the car.
2. Negligence Torts: You caused harm to a person or property through recklessness or carelessness.  If you drove drunk and hit someone crossing the street, you are liable for the damages, even though you did not intend any harm.
3. Strict Liability Torts: A company released a product they knew was unsafe or had a high risk of harming consumers.  The company is then responsible for damages caused by their product.  From 1971 to 1980, Ford Motor Company released the Ford Pinto, a small hatchback that had a high explosion risk if hit from behind, even at low speed.  Ford was liable for damages once news that company engineers knew about the problem beforehand was released to the general public.
Copy and paste the following link into your browser and watch the short video: 
*Be warned there are some graphic images in this short clip.*
Which category of torts does the incident described in the video fall under?  Why do you think this is the case?  How did media cover this particular incident?  Why do you think this was the story members of the media came up with and how did this narrative ultimately hurt the victim?  How do you think the “hot coffee” controversy ultimately hurt all of us as consumers?  Give a 1 paragraph response.

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