An average high school biology book is causing a massive rift in a community in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. The book in question has been used for years, but the school board believes that two pages in the book violate the law. The school board wishes to redact two pages from the book, page 544 and 545, because these pages discuss sexually transmitted diseases, and forms of contraception. This decision stems from a law passed in Arizona 2 years ago, which sets out how schools are to teach the subjects of childbirth and pregnancy. The law requires schools to advocate child birth and adoption over abortion. Arizona’s education department reviewed the book after the law was passed, and found no problems with it. This school board’s decision has caused many supporters and opponents to clash with each other. Members of the school board claim that they are just upholding what is required by law, while others claim that they are violating first amendment rights. The issue was first brought up by a Catholic school board member who was told about the two pages in the book by her son. She claims that Arizona law and her religious rights were violated by the education system. She reached out to Alliance Defending Freedom which is a Christian lobby group which is active in many conservative areas. This is not the only case that this group is involved in; it is also involved in several other issues throughout the state. Textbooks and education have always been a very controversial issue in society. In this case the central issue is whether or not the textbook in question broke the law. It is fairly easy to see, that it in fact, does not break the law. It just gives information about a certain type of drug, and diseases that occur naturally. It makes no type of value judgement on the issue of abortion or sex. It simply supplies the facts like it was designed and intended to do. Throughout history the debate of what schools should teach has always been very divisive. In Holland in the early 20th century a very similar debate played out. The statesman Abraham Kuyper sought to devise away where both secular and religious populations could be appeased. They devised a method in which, the citizens would vote on the school system that they wished to have. Kuyper used similar tactics to the Alliance Defending Freedom, through use of petitions and the attempt to directly influence politics. They could vote for a school system to be either religious or secular. This was a clever way to internalize this controversial issue, and let the decision be had be the population themselves. Furthermore, this method would avoid the toxicity we have seen emerge in these kinds of debates in the United States. People who were once neighbours are turned into ultra hostile opponents. Education is a powerful tool, and there will always be groups vying for control over the power of the mind. Education is a key agent in shaping ones views and beliefs about the world, and since it is in the formative years that the beliefs are shaped it becomes a very important issue to people. People wish to have their beliefs and values passed on, and thus it is why we see these types of debates over education.