Give up education as a bad mistake

Is our children learning? Depends on the publisher of their school books [via WaPo]:

In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s as a bustling U.S. harbor (instead of as a Spanish colonial one). The Confederacy included 12 states (instead of 11). And the United States entered World War I in 1916 (instead of in 1917).

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

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The review began after The Washington Post reported in October that “Our Virginia” included a sentence saying that thousands of black soldiers fought for the South. The claim is one often made by Confederate heritage groups but rejected by most mainstream historians. The book’s author, Joy Masoff, said at the time that she found references to it during research on the Internet. Five Ponds Press later apologized.

Background here.

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Masoff defended her work. “As controversial as it is, I stand by what I write,” she said. “I am a fairly respected writer.”

On the basis of her previous works, “Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty” and “Oh Yikes! History’s Grossest Moments,” I’d say “unfairly” would be a better fit.

In her defense, what else is she going to say?  “Listen, bitchez, I didn’t think anyone was going to be reading that shit.  I mean, it’s Virginia, for crap’s sake.  Give me a break.”  She has no other choice but to bluff.

No, Virginia, there is no Slaves4Slavery Cause.

Northern Virginia has had some of the best public schools in the nation.  That’s not uniform in the region and certainly not the state. Still, WTF was the state board smoking in approving these books?  Was there some deal? 

Mrs. Polly, I enjoy that line by Masoff - it’s one of the weakest appeals to authority (or respectability?) I can remember.

The plot to render all citizens as knowledgeable and accurate as a right-wing blogger continues.

Was there some deal?

Yup. Five Ponds’ books are cheap. Virginia has discovered WHY they’re cheap.

Aha, thanks!  For some state decisions - like Florida’s choice of voting machines before the 2000 election, as I recall - someone’s brother or spouse or pal was the vendor.  Price is no object, or less of one, when it’s kickback time!

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