A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.
Japan’s education ministry has generated protest in Okinawa by erasing one of the country’s worst moments from history textbooks. Okinawans who lost loved ones when the Japanese army ordered them to commit suicide during World War II are bitterly battling the historical omission.
A top Israeli education official has authorized a textbook for exclusive use in Arab Israeli schools that tells a different side of the story of Israel’s creation in 1948. For starters, the text acknowledges that Palestinians dubbed the historical event “al nakba” (the catastrophe).