The textbook that asked if the treatment of Native Americans was exaggerated is recalled: NPR

A textbook published by Hodder Education asks students if the treatment of Native Americans was “exaggerated”. The manual is no longer sold, Hodder said.

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A textbook published by Hodder Education asks students if the treatment of Native Americans was “exaggerated”. The manual is no longer sold, Hodder said.

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A US history textbook that published a question about whether the treatment of Native Americans was “over the top” has now been recalled, publishing company Hodder Education said.

The manual page had a picture of two scales that are balanced. One side says “Criticisms of the treatment of Native Americans” and the other side says “Defending the treatment of Native Americans”. The question posed below is, “To what extent do you think the treatment of Native Americans has been exaggerated?”

The question was posed on Twitter by Hannah Wilkinson, who mentors history students in the UK. She says the manual is The Creation of a Superpower: The United States 1865-1975.

“In what world is this an acceptable question/exercise to ask students to complete about Native American history in the late 1800s in the United States? Actually horrified”, Wilkinson tweeted.

“We agree that this content is inappropriate and will be removing this book from sale,” the manual’s publisher said. Hodder Education tweeted back“We will conduct a thorough content review with subject matter experts.”

It is not known how many manuals have already been distributed to educators.

“This content does not align with our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and should never have gone through our textbook approval process,” a spokesperson for NPR told NPR. the AQA, which determines the standards of education in the UK.

“We know our approval process wasn’t always good enough in the past, but we’ve since improved it and we’re doing things differently now, including working with external diversity experts and providing better training. to our reviewers and staff,” the AQA said. said the spokesperson.

Paul Cherry, publishing director at Hodder Education, said in an email to NPR that the company recognizes that some of the textbook’s content was “inappropriate” and “should be re-examined to make it as sensitive and accurate as possible. “.

European colonizers and Americans killed tens of millions of Native Americans in violent wars and through diseases they passed on in what was an American genocide. Through government policy, authorities drove indigenous communities off their lands and forced them into boarding schools that erased indigenous culture and language.

This is not the first time that Hodder Education has been criticized for culturally insensitive and racist textbook content. In 2018, the Huffington Post published an article revealing that one of Hodder’s sociology textbooks indicated that Caribbean fathers were “largely absent”.

This manual, published in 2014, has also been approved by the AQA.

Nohemi M. Moore