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Textbook troubles in Virginia

Thursday, December 30, 2010; B02

Historians have found dozens of errors since Virginia officials ordered a review of textbooks by Five Ponds Press, the publisher responsible for a controversial assertion that African American soldiers fought for the South in large numbers during the Civil War.

dgra: Don't kid yourselves. This problem goes far beyond Virginia and is not limited to typos and some deletions.

Daedulus: I have written a book: "Oh Yikes! History's Worst History Books Ever Written."

helloisanyoneoutthere: It's always pretty easy to dump the blame of educating our children on the parents, especially when teachers are primarily being forced to teach students how to better take tests that determine whether they're being successful.

svato: If the teacher has her or his class do the simple (date) corrections in the books by hand, the correct dates may stick in the students' minds better. (Not a reason to stay with the uncorrected edition also next year.)

teicad01: This is beyond embarrassing for Virginia.

Rubicon1: Errors in textbooks are a nonpartisan issue. It could be called a bipartisan issue.

post34: They should turn this into a teaching opportunity. Challenge the kids to find errors in the textbooks. The process of reading chapters, cataloguing the "facts" and then checking them against multiple sources would teach the children critical thinking and analysis skills . . . as well as the underlying subject matter.

Koko3: Well, good for Virginia for taking this matter seriously and working to remedy it.

genericrepub: I've found errors in just about every textbook I've ever read. I send a note to the publisher and usually receive a "thank you" - and it's corrected in the next edition.

funfun881: College textbooks are full of errors and omissions, too. But then, so are stories in newspapers.

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