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Local school district considering replacing BC with BCE in textbooks

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

KMOV - Some parents are objecting the Rockwood School District's use of textbooks that replace the familar B.C and A.D. to describe periods in history.

Some textbooks in the Rockwood District have replaced those familar letters, which are based on a Christian timeline, with new letters. No more "Before Christ," but now BCE, meaning "Before Common Era." The traditionally used AD becomes CE, or "Common Era."

Dean Mandis brought a petition with 783 signatures on it and gave to the board. His objection is simple: Why play alphabet soup with the common and well known letters of BC and AD?

 "There are publishers across the United States, professors in classrooms at university and collegiate level, they are looking for new inventions, new terms to come out," Mandis says.

If you think it's confusing, that's exactly his point. Rockwood officials, though, say this is not their doing, but simply a new academic standard that is now turning up in textbooks, especially in advanced high school classes.

Mandis and his dozen or so supporters who attended the meeting are standing firm on principle and want the district to do so also.

The group wants the Rockwood District to formally adopt BC and AD into its curriculum.

The district took the petitions, but for now, school officials seem comfortable with explaining and even using both designations.

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