Date: Dec 30, 2010 8:24 AM
Author: Domenico Rosa
Subject: Junk math books are not alone

Some history books are just as bad as, if not worse than, math doorstops.

Many errors spotted in Va. history texts

By Kevin Sieff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 29, 2010; A01

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.