Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Textbook Controversy in Tennessee”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on October 10, 1986, uploaded to YouTube on March 3, 2015.

Guests: Michael P. Farris, Timothy B. Dyk, Vicki Frost, Faye P. Taylor


An illuminating look at a deep division within our society. The case being referred to as “Scopes II” had been set in motion three years earlier, when Vicki Frost protested against some of the textbooks being used in her daughter’s school. To the plaintiffs, the “open-ended” questions used in the so-called “character education curriculum” are perniciously relativistic.