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.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/28/AR2010122804479_pf.html

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.
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