U.S. publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers'

Oct 6, 2015

U.S. publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers'

One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America “workers” in a geography textbook used widely in Texas, where the wording went unnoticed during the state’s combative and politically charged classroom curriculum reviews. Instead it was the ...

Like Japan, South Korea embroiled in textbook battle

Nov 24, 2014

Like Japan, South Korea embroiled in textbook battle

A 17-year-old Korean girl tortured to death for opposing Japanese colonial rulers nearly a century ago has become the latest touchstone of the nationalism that is shadowing Asia’s economic rise. Yu Gwansun became known as Korea’s Joan of Arc after she lost her parents ...

Jul 3, 2014

Textbook publishers mull revisions on description of collective self-defense

Publishers of civics textbooks for junior high and high schools are considering modifying their descriptions of collective self-defense, given the government’s move this week to allow the country to exercise the controversial right, NHK reported Thursday. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorized ...

May 21, 2014

Okinawa town wins battle over conservative text

Okinawa Prefecture’s board of education on Wednesday allowed a local school board to shun a conservative textbook selected by the regional textbook adoption council. The Taketomi board of education had earlier refused to accept the junior high school social studies textbook that it said ...

Apr 9, 2014

Textbook selection law enacted

A bill to revise the law governing how school textbooks are chosen cleared the Upper House on Wednesday, obliging boards of education to follow decisions by their municipalities’ regional councils over the selection of common textbooks for local schools. The move comes in the ...

Mar 23, 2014

Education ministry's heavy hand

Two weeks before school starts, Japan's education minister tells the town of Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, that it may not use the junior high school civics textbook it adopted in place of the "conservative" textbook selected by an area-wide council.

Jan 31, 2014

Reckless politicization of textbooks

A revised government guideline for textbook writing states that the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan and the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are to be treated unequivovally as Japan's territories.