History Textbook That Asks If Treatment Of Native Americans Is “Exaggerated” Finally Recalled

  • A U.S. history textbook that published a question on whether the treatment of Native Americans was “exaggerated” or not has now been recalled.
  • “To what extent do you believe the treatment of Native Americans has been exaggerated?” This question is below two sides of a scale marked as “Criticisms” and “Defense” of treatment. 
  • “In what world is this is an acceptable question/exercise to ask students to complete on the history of Native Americans in late 1800s US? Actually horrified,” tweets Hannah Wilkinson.

Deepa Shivram from NPR writes:

“A textbook on U.S. history that published a question of whether treatment of Native Americans was “exaggerated” has now been recalled, the publishing company Hodder Education said.

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

The question was brought forth on Twitter by Hannah Wilkinson, who mentors history students in the United Kingdom. She says the textbook is The Making of a SuperPower: USA 1865-1975.

“In what world is this is an acceptable question/exercise to ask students to complete on the history of Native Americans in late 1800s US? Actually horrified,” Wilkinson tweeted.

“We agree that this content is inappropriate and are going to remove this book from sale,” the publisher of the textbook Hodder Education tweeted back, “We will conduct a thorough review of the content with subject experts…”

See full story here.



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