Arlington pulls error-prone textbook
Arlington school officials decided Wednesday to pull a textbook in which historians have found dozens of errors.
"Based upon the recent information about the number and scope of errors identified in the Grade 4 Social Studies textbook, Our Virginia: Past and Present, Arlington Public Schools (APS) officials announced today their decision to remove all print copies of the textbooks from circulation and use in Grade 4 classrooms," officials wrote in an email to parents.
The Washington Post reported in October that the textbook included a controversial assertion that thousands of African American soldiers fought for the South during the Civil War. The assertion is often made by Confederate heritage groups but is rejected by most historians.
A state-appointed panel of historians in December found dozens of additional errors in "Our Virginia" and "Our America to 1865," both of which were published by Connecticut-based Five Ponds Press.
Five Ponds Press announced Monday that it will provide free corrected editions of the books to school districts across the state in July. The Arlington school system has identified supplemental resources that the district's teachers can use until the corrected versions are received.
Post editors have compiled some of the errors that experts pointed out in "Our Virginia." Take our quiz and see if you know the right answers.
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