When someone thinks about education, one of the first things that comes to mind is the textbook. Teachers have used text books since the one room school house. What about now? The classrooms of the 21st century are beginning to look less and less like that of the "typical" classroom. We no longer see students sitting in nice even rows with a text book out while taking notes from the pages. Any more we see stations set up with the classroom. One group of students are reading out loud from historical documents, another group is on desktops researching the validity of historical accounts, while another group is recording video journals as though they are historical figures. In order to create a differentiated classroom, do we need to get rid of text books? Text books are a great source of information, but they can not be the only source of information that we present to our students. If we want to create a sense of investigation into the truth, then we need to present more than the text book allows for. Many text books give a small snapshot of ideas, events, or concepts. Book after book has been written on the topics in the text book, and we need to allow our students the opportunity to investigate other theories or accounts of the information. It is hard to get a full understanding of who George Washington or John Adams were in the two paragraphs that the text book devotes to them.