School Textbooks Are Published With Errors. Did You Get One?
Some Virginia schools were the recipients of mistake-filled history textbooks, which, according to the Washington Post, contain dozens of factual errors. The books, published by Five Ponds Press, make controversial claims, including one that says thousands of African-American soldiers fought for the South during the Civil War.
This claim, along with many other inaccuracies, was found in 'Our Virginia: Past and Present,' while historians say more errors were found in another Five Ponds Press title, 'Our America: To 1865.' The report also says that errors have been found in social studies titles by other publishers, too.
"I absolutely could not believe the number of mistakes -- wrong dates and wrong facts everywhere. How in the world did these books get approved?" Ronald Heinemann, a former history professor at Hampden-Sydney College said.
However, after the recent discovery of the mistakes, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph says that students in three Southwest Virginia counties are still using the books. School officials in the counties of Tazewell, Bland and Buchanan have confirmed the claim.
Five Ponds Press said it would make edits to next editions of the titles, and Virginia education officials will meet next week to discuss historians' reviews of the books. Did you get a textbook with errors in it? Have you ever seen a mistake in a textbook? %Poll-58270%