Virginia is for writers who make egregious errors
Anyone out there looking for a job in factchecking? If so, it sure sounds like Five Ponds Press could use a couple. Five Ponds is the publisher of a series of textbooks purchased by the state of Virginia which contain a multitude of errors -- some laughable (like getting the year the U.S. entered World War I wrong), some not so much (such as the claim that "thousands" of black soldiers fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War).
The state ordered a review of the "Our Virginia: Past and Present" textbook, which is used in some, but not all, of the state's classrooms after The Post reported on the claim regarding black Confederate soldiers. The Post reports today that the review, which involved five professional historical scholars, yielded a list of errors from the text which was "several pages long." One historian told The Post that "any literate person could have opened that book and immediately found a mistake." Ouch.
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey's post at DCist.com.]
| December 29, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
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