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4th-Grade Textbook Claims “Thousands Of Blacks” Fought For Confederacy
Posted: 29 October 2010 02:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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asanta - 29 October 2010 11:58 AM
jump_in_the_pit - 29 October 2010 11:54 AM

Aren’t there any textbooks written by someone more professional than Masoff?  Why isn’t the publisher and school looking for a professional?

...and why isn’t someone doing at least a cursory fact check?

The answer to both of your questions is money.  It’s cheaper to hire a hack author and to skimp a bit on fact checking.  And with schools hurting as bad as they are I’d expect more of this kind of crap.

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Posted: 31 October 2010 02:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Dead Monky - 29 October 2010 02:37 PM
asanta - 29 October 2010 11:58 AM
jump_in_the_pit - 29 October 2010 11:54 AM

Aren’t there any textbooks written by someone more professional than Masoff?  Why isn’t the publisher and school looking for a professional?

...and why isn’t someone doing at least a cursory fact check?

The answer to both of your questions is money.  It’s cheaper to hire a hack author and to skimp a bit on fact checking.  And with schools hurting as bad as they are I’d expect more of this kind of crap.

Actually the reality of it all is that it’s useless information.

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Posted: 31 October 2010 12:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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I’m not sure, E-M, but I’m guessing from your quote

Actually the reality of it all is that it’s useless information.

you may be saying that 4th grade history is useless information.  If that’s the case, I think I both agree and disagree with you.  First, almost no one will remember the specifics they were taught, but learning the history of our country gives kids a general background they’ll use the rest of their lives without even being conscious of it.  We have a general understanding of our country that, say, a Korean immigrant would not.  I suppose that’s why a course in U.S. history is required to become a citizen.

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